On the same day it was announced that they lost their dynamic rookie running back for the season, the New York Jets are adding reinforcements.
The Jets are acquiring running back James Robinson from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick that could be a fifth-round pick, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The trade comes after it was announced earlier Monday that New York running back Brice Hall was out for the season with a torn ACL.
Off to a 5-2 start — the franchise’s best since 2010 — New York is a buyer ahead of the Nov. 1 trade deadline and has responded to the disastrous loss of Hall with an impressive acquisition.
In Robinson, New York gets a former 1,000-yard rusher who answered an Achilles tear in 2021 with a promising 2022 so far.
Robinson posted a 100-yard performance in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers, but has since seen Travis Etienne emerge as the Jaguars’ primary running back.
Having lost four straight, Jacksonville now gets at least a sixth-round pick for the former undrafted free agent.
So far this season, Robinson has rushed for 340 yards and three touchdowns on 81 carries, with nine receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. He will join Michael Carter in the quest to fill the void left by Hall, who has just begun to show his potential in recent weeks. Hall has rushed for 463 yards and four touchdowns on 80 carries this year with 19 catches for 218 yards and a score.
While he isn’t a pass catcher or a play breaker, Robinson has big-play ability and showed in his rookie season that he can bounce back if called upon.
On a devastating day for the Jets, they responded with a big move and a clear statement that they have every intention of cashing in on their sensational start to seven weeks.