James Robinson
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
2021 Fantasy Outlook
While a number of first-year running backs made impacts in 2020, none was more surprising than Robinson. The undrafted rookie pushed his way up the depth chart in camp, and the Jaguars were impressed enough with his efforts that they cut Leonard Fournette just before the start of the regular season. If the team had thoughts of using a committee, Robinson quickly ruined those plans too, as he seized the starting job and saw no fewer than 16 touches in a game until an ankle injury cost him the final two weeks of the season. A powerful, physical runner, Robinson doesn't have great speed but instead uses his vision and nimble feet to avoid big blows, with his 36 broken tackles tied for seventh among RBs. He also proved to be capable as a receiver and was a willing pass protector, allowing him to stay on the field in all situations. Despite his rookie success, the Jaguars invested a late first-round pick in Travis Etienne, who is seemingly a better fit for the spread offense that could accompany first overall selection Trevor Lawrence and new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. New head coach Urban Meyer is also a total wild card, and the track record of superstar college coaches making the jump to the NFL is checkered at best. Robinson has proven he can thrive in the NFL, but he's unlikely to approach his rookie-year average of 20.6 touches per game. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $2.29 million contract with the Jaguars in April of 2020.
Role in flux after Etienne addition
RBJacksonville Jaguars
April 29, 2021
Robinson faces added competition in the Jacksonville backfield with the Jaguars' selection of Travis Etienne in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Mia O'Brien of First Coast News reports. "We want to be Top-8 in the league, and with James Robinson, Hyde and Etienne, we think we're there," said coach Urban Meyer on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Per O'Brien, Meyer views Robinson and Carlos Hyde as the "1-2 punch" in the Jacksonville backfield with Etienne settling in as the third-down back. Meyer's comments aside, a team that takes a running back in the first round is going to find a significant role for that player. Robinson's passing down work is already in jeopardy with Etienne in the fold, and his carries are at major risk as well. It's no secret that Robinson had a great rookie season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry in an anemic offense, but Etienne is a rare talent at the position and his draft capital dictates that he will get the chance to take over the starting role in the not-too-distant future. Even if Robinson stays atop the depth chart to open the season, there's a strong likelihood that Etienne moves from "third-down back" to the top option in the backfield before long.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do James Robinson's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
15.0%
 
Positive Run %
85.8%
 
% Yds After Contact
63.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
2.9%
 
Touches Per Game
20.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
45.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-4.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.09
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.2%
 
% Team Targets
10.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
83.1%
 
Drop Rate
6.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.4
 
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Measurables Review
How do James Robinson's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
219 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.64 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.03 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.0 in
 
Broad Jump
125 in
 
Bench Press
24 reps
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
29.63 in
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
It initially appeared Robinson, an undrafted rookie out of FCS Illinois State, was likely to start his pro career on the Jacksonville practice squad. Instead, he's listed atop the depth chart at running back after the team waived Leonard Fournette at the end of August. The Jaguars widely have been expected to utilize a backfield committee, but it could be just Robinson and passing-down specialist Chris Thompson getting work at the start of the season, considering Devine Ozigbo is dealing with a hamstring injury and will miss at least a few weeks after being placed on IR.
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Remains locked in atop depth chart
RBJacksonville Jaguars
March 26, 2021
General manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday that he believes Robinson (ankle) could "even take a step forward from where he was a year ago," John Reid of the Florida Times-Union reports.
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Ruled out for season finale
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Ankle
December 30, 2020
Head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Robinson (ankle) won't be available for the Jaguars' Week 17 game against the Colts, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
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Will be evaluated Wednesday
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Ankle
December 28, 2020
Coach Doug Marrone said Robinson (ankle) will have his swelling evaluated Wednesday to determine whether he can practice this week, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
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Officially out Sunday
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Ankle
December 26, 2020
Robinson (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Bears.
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Not expected to play
RBJacksonville Jaguars
Ankle
December 26, 2020
Robinson (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against the Bears, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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