The New York Jets going for it. After a day the loss of rookie shortstop Brice Hall for the season, they brought back a veteran who can do much of the same: Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson.

And it’s not an 11 week rental. The Jets will control Robinson’s rights through 2023 if they choose. He is set to become a restricted free agent after the season. The Jets will inherit the remainder of his 2022 contract, which at just $550,000 over 11 games is great value.

Trade Evaluation: Jets acquire James Robinson from Jaguars

Terms of trade, on SNYtv: A conditional sixth-round pick that could become a fifth if certain thresholds are reached. The move would leave the Jets with six picks 2023 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, the Jaguars add to what was already an impressive Day 3. They will own seven picks between the 4th and 7th rounds next April.

Jet exchange for Robinson

It’s hard to overstate how important Hall has been to the Jets offense. He led the Jets in rushing yards (99), scrimmage yards (681), carries (80), rushing yards (463), yards per carry (5.8, minimum 10 attempts), rushing (4) and offensive touchdowns (5 ).

Simply put, the Jets wouldn’t be 5-2 without him.

And while Robinson isn’t exactly the same player, he can certainly fill many of the same roles. In his three-year career — all with the Jaguars — he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and caught 89 passes for 612 yards.

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The move allows the Jets to continue using Michael Carter as a part-time tight end. Carter took a step back after a stellar rookie season, seeing his yards per carry (from 4.3 to 3.5) and yards per catch (from 9 to 7.6) drop this year.

While Robinson’s numbers this year aren’t quite what they’ve been in years past, a fresh start could bring out the best in him. And if that doesn’t happen, the Jets gave up next to nothing in terms of compensation and cap space to acquire him and could move on after this season.


The Jaguars are moving on from Robinson

Astute observers might have guessed something was up with Robinson when he was completely absent from the Jaguars’ offensive game plan during their Week 7 loss to the Giants.

He didn’t get on the field until late in the first quarter and finished the day with zero carries and zero catches on 12 snaps.

Robinson was succeeded by Travis Etienne as the RB1, and barring injury, he had no chance of regaining that job. Etienne had 114 yards on 14 carries Sunday.

Etienne, a former first-round pick, has been the Jags’ most effective ball carrier this year. And so the Jaguars got something for a guy that wasn’t in their plans for the rest of this year and certainly not in their plans for next year.

If there’s a reason to nitpick, it’s this: If Etienne gets hurt again, the Jaguars will have to finish the season with the likes of Snoop Conner and JaMichael Hastie. But in all fairness, their season would still be over in that scenario, so building until 2023 is the best thing to do at this point.


A New Beginning for Robinson

This trade could make a lot of money for Robinson. He was on his way to free agency as a spare. Now he has a chance to cash in – provided he can come close to replicating Hall’s production.

Also, he goes from a team that has lost four straight to a team that has won four straight. Sure, the cost of living is higher in New York and New Jersey, but that’s the definition of a First World problem.