Allen Robinson, like the rest of the Jaguars offense, had an extremely disappointing season in 2016. Coming off a 2015 campaign that saw Robinson put up 1,400 yards and 14 TDs Robinson was only able to follow it up with 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 TDS. His yards per catch dropped from an eye popping 17.5 yards in 2015 to a pedestrian 12.1 in 2016. Still Robinson wasn't with out monster performances and impressive catches in 2016. He was still able to haul in 2 TDs against the Ravens; he still put up multiple 100 yard receiving efforts; and scored a TD in three straight games. His season wasn't a total loss, but he wasn't the Allen Robinson that turned 50/50 balls into 80/20 balls in 2015. He wasn't the same guy that was uncoverable in the red zone. Will he be able to respond in 2017?
The answer seems to be a definitive yes.
1. He's a self motivated talent
Allen Robinson has no lack of motivation. He doesn't need coaches harassing him or fans booing him to want to be at his best. His expectations of himself are higher than any expectations from inside or outside of EverBank Field. In a recent piece from Bleacher Report titled A HOFer in Hiding? Jags WR Allen Robinson Determined to Rise Above the Losses Allen reveals his motivations, goals, and more.
"One of my No. 1 goals is to put on that yellow (he means gold) jacket. That's where I want to be. I aspire to be a Hall of Fame player."
Robinson has the skill and the will to get it done in 2017. But that's not the only reason to have faith in Robinson.
2. This is a HUGE year for AR-15
Robinson has $ millions of reasons to shine in 2017. This is the final year of his rookie deal. As of right now the Jaguars have yet to lock Robinson up long term and he may play in 2017 without knowing where he'll be playing in 2018 and how much money he will be making. It doesn't appear that the Jaguars are in any hurry to lock up their rising star receiver, but that could help insure a big time year for Robinson. Players that are on the last year of their deal tend to have big time seasons. If Robsinon plays well in 2017 and even sniffs the production that he had in 2015 then he'll be in for a MASSIVE pay day. The 4 year, $40 million deal that his counterpart Allen Hurns received prior to the 2016 season will pale in comparison to what Robinson will make if he has another big season.
3. He'll have more help around him
The Jaguars have done a lot this offseason to help insure that Allen Robinson and the rest of the offense will have a better chance to succeed than they did in 2016. The team added running back Leonard Fournette, who figures to touch the ball around twenty times a game, and subsequently force more defenders into the box. They added a new left tackle and were able to snag first round talent Cam Robinson at the top of the second round in the 2017 draft. They added Dede Westbrook, a diminutive receiver that can take the top off the defense. The point is the Jaguars did a lot this offseason to try and take pressure off of Allen Robinson and the rest of their receivers. Defenses will have a hard time keying in on Robinson when they've got to worry about the Jaguars other impressive receivers and Leonard Fournette in the backfield.
Not sold? Maybe this will help:
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