Jaguars’ receiver Allen Robinson couldn’t be covered in training camp.
He was clearly the best overall Jaguars player.
Now that we’ve seen what this Jacksonville defense has become, Robinson’s camp takes on extra meaning.
Robinson’s season ended on his first catch, tearing his ACL in the season-opening win at Houston on Sept. 10.
Man, what might’ve been.
The Jaguars defense was well-represented when the Pro Bowl selections were announced Tuesday evening. End Calais Campbell and tackle Malik Jackson were honored, but it was the obvious inclusion of starters Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye at cornerback that spoke to Robinson’s level of play.
He was beating two Pro-Bowl starting cornerbacks all through camp.
What adds to Robinson’s camp is the play of quarterback Blake Bortles. The fourth-year veteran was struggling mightily in August, to the point where Jaguars coach Doug Marrone started Chad Henne in the vital third preseason game.
About the only thing that went right for the Jaguars passing game in camp was Robinson.
Bortles now appears to be elevating his play on a consistent basis, throwing seven touchdowns with no interceptions over the last three games combined as the Jaguars (10-4) have won seven of eight games.
Imagine Robinson playing with this Bortles.
The Jaguars have a decision to make on Robinson. His rookie contract expires after this season.
The Jaguars can’t let him walk into free agency. Whether it’s a new extension (preferable) or utilizing the franchise tag (roughly $16 million for 2018), Robinson has to be a focal point as Jaguars personnel boss Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell try to keep this winning nucleus together.
The Jaguars have gone 10-4 without Robinson, clinching their first playoff spot since 2007. They have a two-game lead over Tennessee in the AFC South race.
Still, if Robinson had been healthy all season I believe the Jaguars would’ve defeated the New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals. The Jaguars needed one play on multiple occasions to beat the Jets and Robinson would’ve delivered at some point in the 23-20 overtime loss. It’s likely the Rams wouldn’t have played their goal-line defense at midfield that the Jaguars couldn’t figure out with Robinson on the field. The receivers as a group were the biggest reason the Jaguars lost 27-24 at Arizona as they failed to make any 50-50 plays on several opportunities.
One of the several needs remaining on the San Francisco 49ers roster is No. 1 receiver, a spot that isn’t easy to fill but one the team will surely be on the lookout for in the months ahead as they search for talent to surround quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
There may be quite a few receivers on the open market come free agency who will be able to be a big help to whatever team signs them, but as far as true No. 1 receivers, those usually don’t become available. That could prove to be the case in 2018 as well, but if Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson were to hit the market, he might be as good of a No. 1 candidate as any of them.
Robinson is in the final year of his deal with the Jaguars and is in an unfortunate situation as he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the regular season. A second-round pick in the 2014 draft out of Penn State, Robinson had a breakout season in 2015 when he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. His performance dropped in 2016 (connected in part to the performance of oft-crticized Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles), but he likely still would have commanded a huge sum as a free agent after this season had he stayed healthy.
With the injury though, there’s now a question of how much Robinson will get this offseason. Chances are the Jaguars won’t let him out of their sight, possibly even using the franchise tag on him if they have to, but they might prefer to sign Robinson to a large one-year prove-it deal before giving him a long-term contract. Robinson might be able to get more than that on the open market, so it remains to be seen if he’d accept a one-year offer.
The safe bet is that Robinson is back in Jacksonville next season, but if he hits the market, the 49ers should definitely give him a look. He’s a strong receiver with good hands and route running and would flourish when paired with Kyle Shanahan and Garoppolo.
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