James Robinson was a surprise participant at the start of this summer’s Jaguars training camp, returning about seven months after tearing his Achilles tendon at the end of the 2021 season. Now the running back is ready to complete his fast-track rehab, coach Doug Pederson confirmed to reporters on Monday that Robinson will play in Jacksonville’s 2022 season opener on Sept. 11.
Robinson, 24, has been practicing as the Jaguars’ top running back in recent weeks, So he is expected to start this year. His expected return remains a concern, considering that many players need up to 10-12 months of rehab after a torn Achilles tendon. Robinson, undrafted from Illinois State in 2020, opened training camp on the active roster and easily avoided a Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) roster that would have him miss at least four games during the final cut. The only question now is whether Robinson will play Commander in week one Get most of the Jaguars’ offense, and the rest of the game. The third-year pro has been one of the NFL’s most consistent rushers when healthy, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards in 14 games last year as a rookie. But Jacksonville is also expected to deploy 2021 first-round pick Travis Etienne Jr. in a key role . Etienne missed his entire rookie season with a Lisfranc injury, but his passing potential has been in the spotlight. Etienne has the potential to split Robinson in two or even surpass Robinson before the start of 2022, as the latter easily returns to the lineup.