FLOREHAM PARK, NJ – A quickie to fill a sudden void in their backfield, the New York Jets agree to take over the run James Robinson In a business deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, sources confirmed to ESPN Monday night.
The two Jets will send a conditional 2023 version of the sixth round to Jaguar, which will become a fifth-rounder if Robinson races for 600 yards this season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Shifter. He already has 340 yards.
After losing the prominent rookie Press Hall to a knee injury that ends her season on Sunday, and as the November 1 trade deadline approaches, Jets general manager Joe Douglas has been scouring the market for a replacement. Robinson, one of the league’s top success stories just two years ago, recently lost his primary job and became an expendable one.
The Jets (5-2), on their best start since 2010, can use Robinson and Michael Carter As one or two words. They’ve been 4-0 since switching to a ground attack, and Robinson – known for his big back – should allow the Jets to continue in that fashion. They have too Ty Johnson.
It would be difficult to replace Hall production. He is eighth in the NFL in rushing with 463 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and scoring touchdowns in four consecutive games.
Robinson is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be a restricted free agent after the season, meaning the Jets will have the opportunity to retain his rights for 2023.
Travis Etienne Jr Robinson overtook Jaguar’s depth chart over the past several weeks and got the start in the past two games, rushing for 200 yards and landing on 24 carries (8.3 yards per carry) in losses to the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants.
Robinson rushed 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Jaguar, including 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns as an unrefined rookie in 2020. His 1,414 yards of scrimmage that season was the most by an unpopular rookie in the History of the NFL.
Robinson had 767 yards and eight touchdowns last season before he ruptured his left Achilles tendon in the Jaguar’s Week 16 loss at the Jets.
Robinson was ready for the 2022 inaugural season, though, and ran 66 yards and downs to match the touchdown in Jacksonville’s loss to the Washington Leaders. He had a season high of 23 in Week 2 and 17 in Week 3, before Etienne became a larger part of the backfield rotation.
Robinson played only 12 shots in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants and didn’t score a carry or reception in a game for the first time in his career. Jaguar coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Robinson has been experiencing some knee pain, but it was not included in last week’s injury report.
The NFL Network first announced the trade.
ESPN’s Mike DeRocco contributed to this report.
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