The Jaguars, who beat division rival Houston in week one, lost perhaps their best offensive player with a significant knee injury on Sunday. Allen Robinson injured his knee on the first drive of the game during a play that lead to his first catch of the season and a Jaguars first down. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter the injury is "significant".
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, it appears that Robinson will be lost for an extended period of time, although the exact time table is not yet known. They'll struggle to replace his consistency and his ability to find the end zone. There's several things to unpack here. So let's get to it.
The Jaguars are pretty well equipped at WR to deal with a major injury. They'll use Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Keelan Cole, and Arrelious Benn without Robinson and should still be a quality unit. Depth is, however, a concern. With rookie WR Dede Westbrook on the IR until at least mid season the Jaguars will need to add another receiver to the active roster.
Another reason the Jaguars might not be in too much trouble without Robinson: The Jaguars aren't looking to pass the ball in 2017. Doug Marrone made it known that he wants his offense to be run heavy. They proved that they would stick with that formula in week one by rushing the ball 39 times for 157 yards. Certainly, Robinson will be missed in crucial passing situations, but the Jaguars are hoping to try to avoid obvious passing situations in 2017. Against the Texans Blake Bortles only threw 21 passes. I think that's a number the Jaguars would like to replicate, or even reduce, on a weekly basis.
A third detail not to overlook is the fact that this could have been the last time we will ever see Allen Robinson in a Jaguar uniform. This is the final year of his rookie contract and he may make more money by testing free agency. For a reason I can't fathom the Jaguars didn't hotly pursue a contract extension with Robinson and thus may never have services at their disposal again. The Jaguars do have the franchise tag, if they choose to use it.
Stay tuned for more. :(
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