The Jacksonville Jaguars' top two running backs are both coming off of severe foot injuries.
In the second week of the preseason, rookie first-round pick Travis Etienne suffered a lisfranc injury that forced him to miss his entire rookie season.
James Robinson, an undrafted free agent turned breakout star in 2020, battled through foot injuries throughout the season and ultimately suffered a torn Achilles on December 26th against the Jets. Robinson carried the ball 167 times for 767 yards and scored eight touchdowns in 14 games for the Jaguars during the 2021 season. He also hauled in 21 receptions for an additional 222 yards.
On Monday, Jaguars' head coach Doug Pederson spoke to the media at the NFL owners' meetings. He provided updates on both backs.
"Both of them are doing extremely well," Pederson shared.
"Travis will be able to work a little bit this offseason with us, getting into some more football drill work," said Pederson. "James will be a little bit more into training camp before we get him."
My Thoughts: The Jaguars may look to add more talent and depth at the position to ensure they can allow both runners the time it takes to make a full recovery. Should Robinson and Etienne make full recoveries, they'll form one of the most dangerous 1-2 punches at running back in the NFL. Robinson is one of the most efficient backs in the NFL and makes an impact on all three downs. Etienne offers the potential to be a home run hitter who can also get the job done as a receiving threat.
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