Week 5 vs Houston Texans
James Robinson endured the worst game of his stellar comeback season against the Eagles in Week 4. He rushed just eight times for 29 yards and didn't see a single target. Robinson failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season and posted a mere 2.9 Half PPR points. Robinson finished as the RB57 for the week.
Happy days should be here again in Week 5 as the Jaguars lock horns with the Texans. The visitors rank dead last in aFPA to running backs this season, which should see Robinson atone for his bad day at the office in Week 4. He's a locked-in top-12 option this week.
Etienne is expected to get the bulk of the work but Robinson seems to keep trending up. Still, he's probably a risky Week 1 play until we see how he does and how many touches he gets. Shipley went on to tweet: Pederson says Robinson is a different type of runner than Etienne, and each fits different kinds of things they want to do in the run game. Says Robinson runs lower and more so behind his pads, and having two different types of backs gives them flexibility."
Doug Pederson ended the suspense on Monday. He was asked at his press conference if James Robinson will be playing this weekend and he said that the veteran is set to be in the lineup.
Assuming nothing happens to either player in the next few days, that will set the Jaguars up to have Robinson and Travis Etienne in the lineup at the same time for the first time. Etienne missed all of last season with a foot injury.
This is been the trend for a while, so now the question is what will be the split. One would think Etienne would be the safe play, especially with his expected work in the passing game. But some who follow the team have suggested, eventually, Robinson will have the RB1 role. This will be something to monitor as the week goes on, but be sure to follow our rankings right up to game time.
Hasty mostly handled receiving duties when with the 49ers, so the move could make some sense for the Jags. If Robinson isn't ready to go or isn't 100% at Week 1, Etienne could handle a majority of the work with Hasty serving as a change of pace and receiving back. He looks to be more of an insurance policy for the Jags as this point.
Doug Pederson also said he thinks James Robinson will be ready for the opener and Robinson certainly sounds like he feels set to take the next step on his path back to the lineup.
“Yeah, I mean, I’m just — I’m so close. And I know I can do more and they know I can do more, but it just, it is I mean, we’re just [gonna] keep taking it slow like I said before,” Robinson said, via John Shipley of SI.com. “I mean, it’s just, I’m just itching to get out there. I mean, seeing everybody running around and knowing I’m there but not yet. I mean, I’m not allowed to right now, but it is just itching at me a little bit.”
Etienne has been playing in the preseason without any concerns about the foot injury that kept him out last year, but Robinson has not been active in any of the team’s games, the story said. The story added Robinson's still working in a non-contact jersey after tearing his Achilles late last season. Pederson has stressed slowly working Robinson back into the mix. If Robinson can't go, Etienne would likely get the bulk of the work. While a split seems likely when both backs are healthy, other reports have said Robinson would remain the lead beck with Etienne the passing down back. A lot remains to be seen here.