Of all the players on this list, none have had a more interesting NFL story than Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson. From undrafted to winning the starting running back job for the Jaguars, to a 1,000 yard rushing season his first year, to having issues with Urban Meyer and being a big piece behind his firing, and tearing his Achilles, Robinson has gone through a lot in his first two years in the NFL.
Of all players on this list, Robinson is the only one where his team drafted a first-round running back while having him as their best offensive player. The issue? Travis Ettiene tore his ACL prior to his rookie season and will see his real first NFL action next year.
Robinson got hurt late in the season in week 16, so his recovery will be one to monitor, but thanks to his contract and situation, he could be available. His usage over two seasons is fairly high, he’s had 484 total touches in two seasons including 289 his first season. It’s shocking he ended with 195 total touches in 2021 considering he had five games with under 10 touches.
When Robinson does get the ball he produces. In 2020 he averaged 76.4 rushing yards per game and averaged 5.7 yards per touch. He also is sneaky good as a pass-catcher with 80 total catches and 566 receiving yards in two seasons.
Robinson is likely grateful to the Jaguars for taking a shot on him, but after proving what he’s proved within one of the worst offenses in the leagues, it would be interesting to see what he can do for a better offense. Miami would benefit heavily from a player like Robinson, especially if he can return to form after his Achilles injury.