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Former Rockford Lutheran standout James Robinson cracks Jacksonville Jaguars’ 53-man roster

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Rockford Lutheran running back James Robsinson is now officially an NFL player.

Robinson, 22, signed a free-agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars April 27 after going untaken in the 2020 NFL Draft. He became one of four undrafted players on the team when the club announced its 53-man roster Saturday afternoon.

The running back comes to Jacksonville after a stellar career at Illinois State University, where he finished with 4,462 rushing yards, second in Redbirds’ history.

At Lutheran, Robinson set Illinois’s all-time rushing record with 9,045 yards and 158 touchdowns.

While he is expected to serve primarily as a backup, the departure of Leonard Fournette could see Robinson as part of the Jags’ regular rotation. The team announced Saturday that Ryquell Armstead is on the non-football injury COVID-19 list and that Nathan Cottrell was waived. That leaves Chris Thompson, Robinson and Devine Ozigbo as the club’s three running backs.

Jacksonville hosts Indianapolis Sept. 13.

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