Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back 'On Pace' For Week 1 Return

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to need all the talent they have on board in 2022 if they want to make any noise in the AFC South, and on that front, they seem to be confident that running back James Robinson will be healthy and ready to go by Week 1 after suffering an achilles injury in 2021. Getting Robinson back to pair him with former Clemson star Travis Etienne gives the Jaguars a threatening duo out of the backfield, and if Robinson can be the player we saw before the injury, this could turn out to be one of the most talented backfield pairings in the NFL.

The Jaguars don't want to get ahead of themselves however, as Robinson is still taking it slow, not wanting to re-injure himself, but as of late, the signs have been positive for a return to the field soon. "It has always been my goal since I got hurt. I mean, the timeline matched up so that was my goal to come back Week 1," Robinson said. "I feel pretty good. I mean, obviously, we're still taking stuff slow, got a little bit until the first game. So yeah, just doing what I can and doing what they're letting me do, but I feel pretty good right now."

For now, Robinson remains in a non-contact jersey at practice, but given that the season is a few weeks away, there's a good chance that he ramps up his reps and is eventually available for the season opener against the team Robinson was injured against, the Washington Commanders. Even if he can't be at full health in Week 1, just being on the field would be a huge lift for this team, and if he's healthy in 2022, this could be a very fun offence to watch.

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