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Jaguars HC Doug Pederson said Thursday that the "expectation" is that RB James Robinson will be ready for Week 1. That was implied when Jacksonville left Robinson off the PUP list to open training camp. Still, it'd be an impressively quick recovery from a guy who tore his Achilles on December 26. Of course, it remains to be seen how much work Robinson is able to handle and how effective he'll be out of the gate. We're not overly interested in him as a draft target. But Robinson's status certainly impacts RB Travis Etienne's fantasy value.

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Jaguars RB James Robinson racked up 100 yards on 17 carries in Sunday's beatdown of the Chargers, including a 50-yard run for the team's only ground TD. Robinson added 16 yards on 3 catches, matching Travis Etienne in targets (3). Etienne saw his playing time rebound vs. Week 2 but still fell short of Robinson in both total snaps and pass routes. Robinson has emerged as the clear backfield leader through 3 weeks, with Etienne acting as a mere complement.

Less than 9 months removed from an Achilles tear, Jags RB James Robinson scored twice against Washington. He scored once through the air and once on the ground in a great display of vision and tackle-breaking ability. On the day, he out-carried Travis Etienne 11-4. Robinson’s pass catching role figures to remain minor going forward, but the real takeaway here is that he looks 100% healthy.

Jaguars RB James Robinson will play in Sunday's opener vs. the Commanders, HC Doug Pederson said Monday. It's been an impressive recovery for Robinson from his December 26 Achilles tear. Now we'll see whether he can regain pre-injury form from an injury that tends to sap RBs' explosiveness. Robinson isn't a viable Week 1 fantasy play, but we'll see how much he eats into RB Travis Etienne's workload.

ESPN's Michael DiRocco writes that RB James Robinson (Achilles) is expected to be "fully cleared" for Week 1. "But don't expect him to have a normal workload right away," DiRocco adds. Robinson has made an impressive recovery from his torn Achilles, but it remains to be seen how effective he'll be. We're still generally fading him in fantasy drafts. DiRocco also says that, "even after Robinson returns [Travis] Etienne will be heavily featured in the offense."

ESPN's Michael DiRocco's "educated guess" is that Jaguars RB James Robinson will lead the team in carries this season, "but Etienne could have a slight lead in total touches." It seems very likely that Etienne serves as Jacksonville's primary pass-catching back. But exactly how carries will be divided is the big question -- especially since you'll need to spend a 3rd- or 4th-round pick to land Etienne. We'll continue to keep a close eye on Jacksonville's backfield plans.

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