Jets trade sixth-round draft pick for Jaguars RB James Robinson after Breece Hall injury

By Sports Desk October 24, 2022

In the wake of a season-ending ACL injury to rookie running back Breece Hall, the New York Jets have traded a late-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for 24-year-old running back James Robinson.

Robinson, who went undrafted in 2020, burst onto the scene as a rookie with 1070 rushing yards and 49 catches for 344 receiving yards, totaling 10 touchdowns.

Despite his success, the Jaguars opted to draft running back Travis Etienne Jr in the first round of the 2021 draft, but his rookie season ended before it began after a Lisfranc injury to his foot in the preseason.

Robinson's follow-up to his terrific rookie season was less spectacular, and ended abruptly with a torn Achilles in Week 16 late in December. Through two seasons, he carried the ball 404 times at 4.54 yards per carry.

Robinson opened this season as the starter, but slowly began to cede work to the former college teammate of star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and that culminated in Week 7 where an even split turned into the Etienne show.

Etienne took full advantage, turning 14 carries into 114 rushing yards and his first career touchdown, marking the third consecutive game he has totaled at least 100 yards from scrimmage. Robinson did not receive a single carry in their loss to the New York Giants.

Meanwhile, the Jets have been one of the most surprising teams in the NFL this season, boasting a 5-2 record despite beginning the season without starting quarterback Zach Wilson, winning four games in a row since his return in Week 4.

A big part of the Jets' success has been the breakout performances of Hall, who quickly emerged as the star of this year's rookie running back class and had a real chance of winning Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Jets still have Michael Carter II in the backfield, who has been sharing the workload with Hall, but lack any real depth behind him, prompting a proactive move for the now out-of-favour Robinson.

It was a small price to pay, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting the Jets only sent the Jaguars a sixth-round draft pick, with a chance it becomes a fifth-rounder if certain benchmarks are met.

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