James Robinson
No. 25 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1998-08-09) August 9, 1998 (age 23)
Rockford, Illinois
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Rockford Lutheran (Rockford)
College:Illinois State
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Rushing attempts:240
Rushing yards:1,070
Rushing touchdowns:7
Receiving yards:344
Receiving touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

James Robinson (born August 9, 1998) is an American football running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Illinois State and signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2020. Robinson broke the record for most scrimmage yards of any rookie free agent in NFL history.

Early life and high school

Robinson was born and grew up in Rockford, Illinois. Robinson played Pop Warner Football for the Rockford Ravens.[1] He attended Rockford Lutheran High School, where he played basketball and football. As a senior, he rushed 2,461 yards and 44 touchdowns and was named Class 4A All-State.[2] Robinson set IHSA records with 9,045 rushing yards and 158 rushing touchdowns.[3]

College career

Robinson played in nine games as a true freshman, missing three games due to a calf injury and finishing the season as the Redbirds third-leading rusher with 322 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries.[4] He became the team's starting running back as a sophomore and was named first team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) after rushing for 933 yards and 12 touchdowns.[5] Robinson rushed for 1,290 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season and was again named first team All-MVFC as well as a first team All-American by Phil Steele, a second team All-American by STATS and HERO Sports and to the Associated Press's third team and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.[6][7][8] As a senior, he rushed for 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns and was a consensus first team FCS All-American and a first team All-Conference selection for the third straight season.[9] Robinson finished his collegiate career with 4,444 rushing yards, second most in school history.[10]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
219 lb
(99 kg)
29+58 in
(0.75 m)
8+34 in
(0.22 m)
4.64 s 4.19 s 7.03 s 40.0 in
(1.02 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11]
Robinson (#30) playing against the Tennessee Titans in 2020.
Robinson (#30) playing against the Tennessee Titans in 2020.

Robinson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2020 shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft.[12] Robinson made the Jaguars' 53-man regular season roster out of training camp and was announced as the team's starting running back several days later.[13][14]

Robinson made his NFL debut in Week 1 of the 2020 season against the Indianapolis Colts. He recorded 16 carries for 62 rushing yards and a reception in which he leapt over Colts safety Khari Willis for 28 receiving yards in the 27–20 victory.[15] Robinson became the fourth undrafted rookie running back to start week one since 1970, and set the record for most rushing yards for an undrafted rookie in Week 1. He became the first running back from Illinois State to start a game since Aveion Cason in 2006.[16] A week later, on September 20, 2020, Robinson tallied 120 all-purpose yards and scored his first career touchdown in a 33–30 loss to the Tennessee Titans.[17] In Week 3, against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, he had 129 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 31–13 loss.[18] On October 1, 2020, Robinson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for his performance in September.[19] In Week 7 against the Los Angeles Chargers, he had 22 carries for 119 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go along with four receptions for 18 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in the 39–29 loss.[20] In Week 10, against the Green Bay Packers, he had 23 carries for 109 rushing yards in the 24–20 loss.[21] In Week 12, against the Cleveland Browns, he had 22 carries for 128 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go along with five receptions for 31 receiving yards in the 27–25 loss.[22]

Robinson is the fourth undrafted player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in his rookie season, following Dominic Rhodes, LeGarrette Blount, and Phillip Lindsay.[23]He also finished with the record for most scrimmage yards of any rookie free agent in NFL history.[24] Robinson was also ranked 100th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021 list.

Career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2020 JAX 14 14 240 1,070 4.4 47 7 49 344 7.0 28 3 3 1
Career 14 14 240 1,070 4.4 47 7 49 344 7.0 28 3 3 1


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiRIt5UNlT8&ab_channel=NFL
  2. ^ Reinhardt, Randy (February 2, 2016). "Record-setting rusher Robinson picks ISU". The Pantagraph. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  3. ^ Reinhardt, Randy (October 10, 2018). "Illinois State turns to 'closer' Robinson for late yards". The Pantagraph. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Landi, Nick (July 13, 2017). "Robinson looks to stand out, build own legacy". The Vidette. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Taft, Jay (November 29, 2017). "James Robinson, Sean Slattery earn 1st-team MVC honors". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Reinhardt, Randy (August 30, 2019). "ISU star RB James Robinson storms into senior season". The Pantagraph. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Former Lutheran running back James Robinson named AP All-American". Rock River Times. December 12, 2018. Archived from the original on August 21, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  8. ^ Leber, Scott (August 7, 2019). "A national spotlight is being cast on Rockford Lutheran graduate James Robinson at Illinois State". MyStateline.com. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Fishbain, Kevin (February 27, 2020). "James Robinson reps Rockford at NFL combine, and other Chicago connections". The Athletic. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  10. ^ Taft, Jay (April 22, 2020). "Why James Robinson should hear his name called at NFL draft". The Journal Standard. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  11. ^ "James Robinson Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "Rockford's James Robinson signs with Jaguars as a priority free agent". WIFR.com. April 25, 2020. Archived from the original on September 22, 2020. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  13. ^ Leber, Scott (September 5, 2020). "Rockford Lutheran graduate James Robinson makes the Jaguars' final 53-man roster". MyStateline.com. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  14. ^ Florio, Mike (September 8, 2020). "Undrafted rookie James Robinson is the starting tailback in Jacksonville". Profootballtalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  15. ^ "Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – September 13th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "Illinois St. Players/Alumni". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  17. ^ "Jaguars' James Robinson: Scores first career TD". CBSSports.com. September 20, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  18. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars – September 24th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  19. ^ Gordon, Grant (October 1, 2020). "Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Bills QB Josh Allen among NFL Players of the Month". www.nfl.com. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  20. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers – October 25th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  21. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers - November 15th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  22. ^ "Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars - November 29th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  23. ^ Dec 14, A. P.; ET, 2020 at 3:54p (December 14, 2020). "Jaguars RB James Robinson becomes fastest undrafted rookie to top 1,000 yards rushing in NFL history". FOX Sports. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  24. ^ Sullivan, Tyler (December 14, 2020). "Jaguars' James Robinson makes NFL history for an undrafted rookie, Doug Marrone praises back after Week 14". CBSsports.com. Retrieved May 11, 2021.