James Robinson Starring: Jaguars’ Backfield Outlook (2022 Fantasy Football)

It’s never too early to catch up on player news ahead of the 2022 season and our newsdesk will keep you up to date. Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes surrounding the NFL. James Robinson arrived on the scene a few years ago but an injury ended his 2021 campaign and shrouded his future in question. With Travis Etienne in the fold and a new coaching staff in town, it wasn’t clear what the future held for Robinson. However, it sounds like he could play a significant role in 2022. Let’s take a look at what that means for Robinson and Etienne.

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James Robinson expected to play a “big role” after returning from injury

According to Sports Illustrated’s John Shipley, Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson is expected to play a big role on offense after returning from a torn Achilles tendon, and HC Doug Pederson considers him a three-point defender. (John Shipley, Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson tore his Achilles tendon in December and is still in the rehabilitation process, but recent reports suggest the team expect he will be able to train at some point during the training camp. Robinson was a fantasy darling in 2020, going from an undrafted free agent to a fantasy RB1 in his rookie season. Robinson acted as RB2 last season while healthy while playing in an offensive by Urban Meyer who was struggling to keep the drive going, but the hiring of HC Doug Pederson along with several new signings via free agencies gives hope that the offensive will take off the Jaguars can return to a certain level of respectability. Robinson will battle for snaps with highly acclaimed sophomore RB Travis Etienne, who is set to make his NFL debut in 2022 after missing the previous season with a cruciate ligament tear. Fantasy managers should keep a close eye on how the team uses both Robinson and Etienne once both are healthy and on the training ground.

By Sam Ryner

James Robinson 2022 fantasy football prospect

James Robinson served as the pseudo-bell cow for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021 after Travis Etienne went down with a preseason injury. He released an inconsistent fantasy production as RB24 overall and points per game across 14 games amid terrible usage by the Jags 2021 coaching staff.

His touches varied between 21 and 2 depending on the week, making it almost impossible to project him in fantasy. It’s possible 2022 could pose a similar problem with Robinson when Etienne makes his professional debut.

But JRob deserves credit for playing efficiently whenever he got the chance last season, ranking 11th in yards by contact per attempt (3.3) and 8th in red-zone touchdowns (8th).

His real hurdle to fantasy relevance, alongside fending off a first-round runback in 2022, is trying to recover quickly from a torn Achilles tendon he sustained in late December. He won’t be able to participate in OTAs while his backfield counterpart is in full action while the team installs the redesigned Doug Pederson offense. The former undrafted free agent is not guaranteed to be ready for Week 1.

It’s hard to imagine Robinson being anything more than a speculative zero-RB target with hopes he can regain 2020 form if he has the volume. However, Pederson’s track record of deploying a variety of defenders gives the impression that Robinson will be a 1B to Etienne’s 1A, with his clearest route to fantasy relevance being via goal-line opportunities.
— Andrew Erickson

Travis Etienne Jr. 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

Travis Etienne Jr. was a standout college football runner for the Clemson Tigers from 2017-2020 and was drafted 25th overall by the Jaguars in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. However, his rookie season was cut short by an injury to Lisfranc in the preseason. Some NFL staffers reported that Etienne could have returned later in the year if the Jaguars had been in the playoffs instead of being the laughing stock of the league.

Etienne is expected to be fully vacated by training camp, giving him a head start in the RB1 role as the Jacksonville Jaguars install a new offense under new head coach Doug Pederson. With James Robinson trying to come back from an Achilles tendon injury sustained on December 26, Etienne expects to be the star this spring/summer.

Don’t forget what that guy at Clemson did to quarterback Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAC). During his final season as the Clemson Tiger, he led the country in receiving yards and ranked second in receiving yards for running backs. Etienne also has the most rush attempts from 20+ yards (40) from 2018-19 while carrying the ball just once more than 20 times since 2018.
— Andrew Erickson

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