James Robinson has been a breath of fresh air for the Jaguars’ backfield this season, and after a stellar performance on Sunday, he’s been nominated for the NFL’s Pepsi Zero Sugar Rookie of the Week.
Last week, Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson won the NFL’s Pepsi Zero Sugar Rookie of the Week after a stellar NFL debut that included an interception and a few pass breakups. Henderson was the team’s No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
An undrafted free agent signee out of Illinois State, Robinson burst onto the scene in week one after being named the team’s starting running back. Shortly before the announcement, the Jaguars waived former fourth-overall selection Leonard Fournette paving the way for Robinson to become the lead tailback.
In this week’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Robinson rushed for 102 yards on 16 carries, adding a touchdown during the third quarter of the contest. While the Jaguars would go on to lose 30-33, the team walked away feeling good about its new starting running back.
“He’s not going to make mistakes and lose yardage for you or things of that nature and try to keep the chains going,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said in postgame. “He’s a tough runner. He’s got a little burst getting through to the second level. I was happy to see him take that one obviously to the end zone.”
The Jaguars will need Robinson in the coming weeks as the offense continues to shine under new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Robinson became the first player in franchise history to accumulate 162 or more rushing yards in the first two games of his career.
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