Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson Done For Season

Jacksonville crushed AFC South rival Houston to open the season on Sunday, but if the Jaguars are going to continue to thrive in 2017, they’ll have to do it without their top wide receiver. The team confirmed Monday that Allen Robinson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season, per the Associated Press.

Allen Robinson

This seemed like the probable outcome for Robinson after he went down with a non-contact injury in the first quarter against the Texans and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. While the Robinson-less Jaguars still managed to coast to a 29-7 victory, having to make do without him for the remainder of the year will be a tall order.

Robinson posted at least 73 catches, 151 targets, 883 yards and six touchdowns in each of the previous two years, for one, and the Jags’ receiving corps already took a hit earlier this month when they placed rookie fourth-round pick Dede Westbrook on injured reserve. They’re now down to Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, the latter of whom has fallen out of favor since last season, as their top options in a passing game that doesn’t inspire much confidence with Blake Bortles at the helm.

The 24-year-old Robinson, meanwhile, may have played his final game as a member of the Jaguars. The 2014 second-round pick is scheduled to hit free agency after the season and could’ve made a case for a monster contract with another big year. Instead, thanks to his knee injury, he’ll enter the offseason in a less-than-ideal position.

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Jaguars WR Allen Robinson Has ACL Injury

Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson suffered a “significant” knee injury during today’s game against the Texans, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link), and Jacksonville fears Robinson has a torn ACL, tweets Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The Jaguars have now officially confirmed that Robinson has an ACL injury to his left knee, and head coach Doug Marrone will provide a further update on Monday."<strong

While details are slim as of yet, Robinson went down early with a non-contact injury, struggled to make it to the sideline, and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of today’s contest. While further test results will surely leak out, an ACL injury appeared to be the most obvious diagnosis.

Jacksonville already lost one wideout prior to the season, as the club placed rookie pass-catcher Dede Westbrook on injured reserve with a “core” injury. But the absence of Robinson — clearly Jacksonville’s most talented wide receiver — would represent a much more serious loss. Even in a down 2016, Robinson posted 73 receptions and six scores, while he managed 80 catches, 1,400 yards, and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions the year prior.

Without Robinson, the Jaguars would turn to Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns as their top two wide receivers, with Arrelious Benn and Keelan Cole available behind that duo. Amba Etta-Tawo, currently on Jacksonville’s practice squad, could be promoted, while the Jags could also consider a free agent. Players such as Victor Cruz (whom the Jaguars hosted earlier this year), Vincent Jackson, Stevie Johnson, and Marquess Wilson are among the options available on the open market.

Alternatively, Jacksonville could lean even more heavily on the running game, something they did in today’s victory over the Texans. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette handled 26 carries on Sunday, while backup Chris Ivory rushed nine times. Quarterback Blake Bortles attempted only 21 passes, but the Jaguars had the benefit of leading early versus Houston.

Robinson’s injury could also have an unfortunate impact on any potential extension negotiations. The 24-year-old Robinson is scheduled to become a free agent next spring, and while he’s discussed a long-term deal with the Jaguars, nothing has been signed. If he’s out for the rest of the year, Robinson will hit the open market with an uncertain medical history, possibly forcing him into accepting a short-term pact.

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Jaguars, Allen Robinson Talking Extension

After making Brandon Linder the highest-paid center in the league earlier today, the Jaguars could turn their attention to another offensive player entering his contract year, as wide receiver Allen Robinson says he’s discussed a new deal with the club, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.Allen Robinson (Vertical)

Because he wasn’t a first-round draft choice, Robinson can’t be controlled via the fifth-year option, so he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next spring. The Jaguars, who are likely going to carry over more than $40MM in cap space to 2018, will have the ability to use the franchise tag on Robinson, but that will come at a cost north of $16MM. A long-term contract which flattens Robinson’s cap charges and gives him financial security, then, is in the best interests of both parties.

Robinson, who will turn 24 years old next month, broke out in 2015 by hauling in 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns. Last season wasn’t as kind, as Robinson — not helped by quarterback Blake Bortles‘ poor play — regressed to fewer than 900 yards receiving and eight scores. Still, Robinson said earlier this year that he’s “earned” an extension from the Jaguars.

Jacksonville already locked up its No. 2 receiver last summer, inking Allen Hurns to a four years, $40.05MM deal that included $16MM in guarantees. Robinson should be able to easily top both those figures, and could conceivably hit $14-15MM — the range earned by the likes of A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and Dez Bryant — if he rebounds next season.

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Allen Robinson: I’ve “Earned” Jags Extension

Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson is entering the final year of his rookie contract which will pay him just south of $900K for the 2017 campaign, and he believes he’s “earned” an extension from Jacksonville, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Still, Robinson doesn’t sound as though he’ll hold out or use any other negotiating tactics in order to secure a long-term deal.Allen Robinson (Vertical)

“If we get something done, we do and if not, I have a big year coming ahead for me and I have an obligation to my teammates to play at a high level,” Robinson said.

The Jaguars have already extended fellow pass-catcher Allen Hurns, handing him a four-year, $40.05MM deal after only two seasons. Hurns only had to wait two years to earn a long-term deal given that he was originally an undrafted free agent, while Robinson — a drafted player (second round) — had to finish his third NFL season before becoming eligible for a new deal.

The Hurns deal is a clear floor for Robinson, who has eclipsed Hurns’ production since entering the league in 2014 and is easily viewed as Jacksonville’s No. 1 wideout. Robinson, 23, posted a breakout campaign in 2015, hauling in 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and eight touchdowns. 2016 was a down year, however, as Robinson managed only 73 catches, 883 yards, and six scores (quarterback Blake Bortles‘ decline certainly didn’t help Robinson).

While Hurns’ $10MM annual average is the bare minimum asking price for Robinson, he’ll certainly target a higher total. Antonio Brown recently reset the wide receiver market with a $17MM AAV, and A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, and T.Y. Hilton are all earning $13MM or more per season.

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AFC Notes: Jags, Broncos, Chargers, Jets

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was quick to praise receiver Allen Robinson on Friday. The 21-year-old wideout broke his foot in November, but he’s already proven why the organization used a second-round pick on him.

“He had a really good day today,” Bradley said (via Ryan O’Halloran of Jacksonville.com). “Sometimes you come back from an injury like that and you wonder about the confidence level. He’s playing with a lot of confidence – he jumped right to the front of the line [during drills]. He has some ownership and he’s going to take advantage of his opportunities. I think he missed being out and he’s not going to miss out on [his chances].”

In ten games as a rookie, Robinson compiled 48 catches for 548 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Let’s check out some more notes from around the AFC…

  • Demaryius Thomas has not reported for voluntary workouts with the Broncos this offseason, and Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today writes that this is one of the negative effects of the franchise tag. While fellow franchise-tagged players Stephen Gostkowski and Dez Bryant have both been spotted amongst the team, the tag has been license to not workout with the team in most other cases.
  • The Chargers have not been extremely cooperative with the efforts to get a new stadium built in San Diego, and one might even accuse them of trying to sabotage those plans in order to have a clear path to Los Angeles, writes Kevin Acee of the U-T San Diego. Acee presents a timeline along with a compelling case that the Charger’s were never interested in staying in San Diego.
  • The NFL wants two teams in Los Angeles (the Chargers and Raiders) to share the new stadium, according to Carmen Policy, advisor on the possibility of building a stadium, according to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal (via Twitter). He adds that this does not bode well for the Inglewood proposal.
  • Muhammad Wilkerson‘s contract situation is definitely the biggest question mark left on the table for the Jets this offseason, and Field Yates of ESPN highlights one player or contract that most desperately needs to be addressed in the near future for each NFL team, from extensions and restructuring to front office and cap management issues (subscription required).

Ben Levine contributed to this post.

Jaguars Links: Blackmon, Rookies, Shorts

The Jaguars will be scoreboard watching this weekend, but not because of the playoffs. Instead, the team will be hoping that fellow 3-12 teams, the Jets and the Raiders, win their respective games. If those two teams win their contests and the Jags lose, Jacksonville will clinch the third pick in this year’s draft.

Let’s take a look at some more notes out of Jacksonville…

Jaguars To Activate Lewis; Robinson To IR

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles will get one pass catcher back in the lineup this week while another one has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season. According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com (via Twitter), the team is activating tight end Marcedes Lewis from injured reserve and will place wideout Allen Robinson on IR, formally ending his rookie season.

The team announced last week that Robinson had sustained a stress fracture in his foot and would miss the rest of the year, but since the Jags were on their bye week, they didn’t immediately place the first-year receiver on the injured reserve list. Robinson, who hauled in 48 passes for 548 yards and pair of touchdowns this season, is scheduled to undergo surgery soon on that injured foot, per John Oehser of Jaguars.com (via Twitter).

Head coach Gus Bradley initially said he expected to promote a player from the practice squad to take Robinson’s spot on the roster, but with Lewis set to get back on the field, it makes sense that the veteran tight end would slide into that opening instead. Lewis has been sidelined since Week 2 with an ankle injury, having received the designation to return when the team placed him on IR.

Allen Robinson Out For Season

Rookie wide receiver Allen Robinson has sustained a stress fracture in his foot and will be sidelined for the rest of the 2014 season, the Jaguars announced today (Twitter link). Jacksonville has yet to officially place Robinson on the injured reserve list, but when the team makes that move, it will likely replace him by promoting someone from the practice squad, according to head coach Gus Bradley (Twitter link via John Oehser of Jaguars.com).

Robinson, 21, was one of two wideouts selected early in this past May’s draft by the Jags. After using the 39th overall pick on Marqise Lee, Jacksonville drafted Robinson 61st overall, and the Penn State product has outperformed his fellow rookie teammate this season. In 10 games, Robinson hauled in 48 passes for 548 yards and pair of touchdowns.

The Jaguars also announced (Twitter link) that cornerback Aaron Colvin will be activated later today from the reserve/non-football injury list. Assuming the team does indeed make a promotion from the taxi squad to replace Robinson, another player will have to be removed from the 53-man roster to clear room for Colvin.

Jaguars Sign Second-Rounder Allen Robinson

The Jaguars have locked up one of their two unsigned second-round wideouts, announcing today (via Twitter) that Allen Robinson has inked his rookie deal with the club. The signing leaves Marqise Lee as the only Jacksonville draftee who has yet to put pen to paper.

Robinson, 20, was selected 61st overall by the Jaguars last month, as the team went heavy on offensive picks in the first few rounds. The former Penn State standout, who will be catching balls from either Chad Henne or fellow rookie Blake Bortles in 2014, is in line for a signing bonus worth about $873K, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap. The full four-year value of Robinson’s deal should be in the neighborhood of $3.51MM.

With Robinson now under contract, only four 2014 draft picks still have to sign their deals. Besides Lee, Cleveland’s Justin Gilbert, Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan, and Miami’s Billy Turner remain unsigned.

AFC Links: Bills, Jets, Colts, Jaguars

Earlier, we took a look at what ESPN’s NFC writers had to say on this Memorial Day. Now, let’s focus on ESPN’s AFC writers…