The rookie class in the NFL this year is incredible. Justin Herbert is having arguably one of the greatest rookie QB campaigns ever (despite the 3-8 record), Justin Jefferson is having a monster year in Minnesota, Chase Claypool is emerging as a top target on an undefeated Steelers team, and then there’s James Robinson. The undrafted running back out of Illinois State University is having the best season among rookie running backs, despite 18 others being taken in the draft.
Through 12 weeks:
- 890 rushing yards – 3rd in the league, 1st among rookies
- 6 rushing TD’s – 8th in the league, 2nd among rookies
- 280 receiving yards – 6th among RBs, 1st among rookie RB’s
- 2 receiving TD’s – 7th among RBs, 1st among rookie RB’s
- 1,170 scrimmage yards – 4th in the league, 1st among rookies
Robinson is fourth in the league in scrimmage yards behind Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry, and Alvin Kamara. With five games left to play, he sits at just 159 yards away from breaking the record for most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie.
The fact that James Robinson is a name being discussed in the same sentence as Cook, Henry, and Kamara is unimaginable for an undrafted rookie. He came out of nowhere and is making HISTORY with a strong case for rookie of the year, yet it seems to be going under the radar compared to other rookies on bigger market teams.
The betting odds have him at +3800 behind Herbert, Jefferson, Tagovailoa, Claypool, and Edwards-Helaire. You can’t tell me that Tua and Edwards-Helaire have a better shot then Robinson. Tua was brought in and then benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Edwards-Helaire has over 200 less scrimmage yards and 3 less TD’s than Robinson.
Herbert is the heavy favorite to win OROY and being a QB really helps his case. If the Jaguars had any other good talent on their team and they were actually contenders right now, I think James Robinson be in line would win it. If you look at the production that he has brought this year, it’s hard to understand how the Jaguars are 1-10.
If they can draft a good QB in next year’s draft, the offense could be scary for years to come.