New England Patriots

New England Patriots

  • Just ahead of a crucial Week 8 matchup with the New York Jets, the New England Patriots have a new running back to plan for during the week.

    Facing a season-ending injury to their lead back, the Jets went out and swung a good-old-fashioned football trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, acquiring running back James Robinson on Monday. The return is a conditional sixth-round pick that can become a fifth-rounder, according to Ian Rapoport. Attention fantasy owners.

    The trade came swiftly, after tests confirmed that dynamic rookie running back Breece Hall tore his ACL and will have to miss the rest of the season. Hall, a rookie second-round pick out of Iowa State, averaged 5.8 yards per carry and 11.5 yards per reception in six games, and was on pace for 1,654 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns.

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  • Hall was essentially the identity of the Jets’ offense through seven games, accounting for 30.3 percent of their touches and 28 percent of total yards. So, obviously, he’s a major loss.

    Robinson, meanwhile, got off to a hot start with the Jaguars, with 263 scrimmage yards and four total touchdowns in his first three games. But he was reduced to just 123 yards and no touchdowns in his last four games, amid the rise of second-year back Travis Etienne Jr.

    The trade seems like a win-win for the Jets and Jags, and gives the Patriots something fresh to think about as they turn the page toward New York on a short week.

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