The Green Bay Packers had James Robinson on their practice squad after signing him in October. The key word is “had,” as the Packers cut him this afternoon, per Tom Pelissero. Robinson is only 25 years old but has not played a single snap during the 2023 regular season.
As a rookie, James Robinson ran for 1,070 yards, had another 49 catches for 344 yards receiving, and ended 2020 with 10 total touchdowns. His touches dwindled in 2021, not helped by an Achilles tear that season, and the Jaguars traded him in 2022 after Travis Etienne emerged as the clear feature back. Robinson only saw the field in four games as a New York Jet last year.
During the offseason, the Jets released Robinson. The Patriots and Giants both gave him a shot but moved on before the regular season began. Then, the Green Bay Packers signed him to the practice squad in October. Now, they’re letting Robinson go too.
Why Did the Green Bay Packers Make the Move?
There are a few reasons why the Green Bay Packers chose to cut Robinson now. One is that rookie Emanuel Wilson had his best day on the ground, highlighted by a 31-yard run. Green Bay only keeps three running backs active, so if he’s gaining trust there’s no room for James Robinson on the team.
The Packers are also thin in the secondary right now. Two defensive backs hit the injured reserve recently, Rudy Ford suffered an injury right before Sunday’s game, and they also traded away Rasul Douglas. Green Bay tried out four safeties for the practice squad last week, so don’t be surprised if they use Robinson’s old spot for a defensive back.
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