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Jaguars looking to add running backs alongside James Robinson

Jacksonville wants to provide James Robinson with some support by adding capable running backs ahead of 2021.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field.  Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back room lacked depth in 2020, but that could change ahead of their next campaign. Last year’s worst AFC South team is looking to improve in the backfield. They hope to add some “explosive” personnel ahead of 2021, general manager Trent Baalke said on Wednesday.

Leonard Fournette’s release and several injuries resulted in James Robinson rising to the top of the depth chart last year. Robinson entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Illinois State but exceeded expectations by rushing for 1,070 yards and seven scores in his first pro season. He also caught 49 of his 60 targets for 344 yards and a trio of touchdowns. He’s capable of being a durable, all-purpose back but could be facing real competition in his second run with the Jaguars.

Chris Thompson is a free agent after spending one year with Jacksonville. Robinson's top backup options are Dare Ogunbowale and Devine Ozigbo.