Jets agree to trade for Jaguars RB James Robinson, sources say

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — The New York Jets struck quickly to fill a sudden gap in their backfield, agreeing to take on running back James Robinson in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, sources confirmed to ESPN Monday night.

The Jets will send a conditional sixth-round pick to the Jaguars in 2023, which becomes a fifth-rounder if Robinson rushes 600 yards this season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He already has 340 yards.

After losing standout rookie Breece Hall to a season-ending knee injury on Sunday and the Nov. 1 trade deadline approaching, Jets general manager Joe Douglas scoured the market for a replacement. One of the league’s top success stories just two years ago, Robinson recently lost his starting job and became expendable.

The Jets (5-2), having their best start since 2010, can use Robinson and Michael Carter as a double strike. They’re 4-0 since switching to a ground-based attack and Robinson – known for being a high-volume defender – should allow the Jets to continue that style. They also have Ty Johnson.

However, it will be difficult to replace Hall’s production. He is eighth in the NFL for rushing for 463 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and has one touchdown in four straight games.

Robinson is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be a restricted free agent post-season, meaning the Jets will have an opportunity to retain his rights into 2023.

Travis Etienne Jr. has been surpassing Robinson on the Jaguars’ depth chart for the past few weeks and has gotten started in the last two games by rushing for 200 yards and one touchdown with 24 carries (8.3 yards per carry) in losses to the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants.

Robinson has rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Jaguars, including 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns as an undrafted rookie in 2020. His 1,414 yards from scrimmage this season was the most by an undrafted rookie in NFL history .

Robinson had 767 yards and eight rushing touchdowns last season before tearing his left Achilles tendon in the Jaguars’ Week 16 loss to the Jets.

However, Robinson was ready for the 2022 season opener, rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown to go along with a touchdown catch in Jacksonville’s loss to the Washington Commanders. He had a season high of 23 carries in Week 2 and 17 in Week 3 before Etienne became a bigger part of the backfield rotation.

Robinson played just 12 snaps in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants and recorded no carry or reception in a game for the first time in his career. Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Robinson was struggling with knee pain, but he was not included in last week’s injury report.

NFL Network first reported the trade.

ESPN’s Michael DiRocco contributed to this report. Jets agree to trade for Jaguars RB James Robinson, sources say

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