August 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) in action against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon is already making an impact on offense and just might be the Jaguars best wide receiver already. Through roughly four quarters of work in the preseason, Blackmon has eight receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown, but has clearly become a favorite target of second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Blackmon was targeted eight times by Gabbert on Thursday night, catching four passes for 72 yards, including a 27-yard reception in the middle of the field. On the play Blackmon didn't have much separation, but it didn't matter because of his ability to shield the ball from defenders and haul in the catch. With the quick passing the offense has been doing, it feeds right into Blackmon's game and he'll likely be fed the football by Gabbert quite a bit, which is a very good thing.
The only real questionable thing about the Jaguars receiving corps through the first three games of the preseason has been the play of free agent pickup Laurent Robinson.
Through three games, Robinson has just one reception for 7 yards and has been targeted plenty. After the first two games it looked like Robinson was the focus of team defenses, which was to be expected, but his performance against the Ravens left a lot to be desired. Robinson dropped 2-3 passes, most of which were on target, and seemed to struggle to separate. On one third and long, Gabbert rifled a pass over the middle to Robinson and it bounced off falling incomplete. The ball was slightly behind Robinson, but that's a pass he should be able to haul in for the reception.
It's not time to press the panic button or label him Jerry Porter 2.0, because it's not a lack of effort by Robinson. He struggled early in training camp as well, then had a great week of practice. It's possible he's just a very streaky player, but he does need to show something if he plays in the fourth preseason games just to calm the brewing storm.