Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laurent Robinson has just one catch for seven yards through the first preseason games, but head coach Mike Mularkey doesn't seem to be very concerned with Robinson's struggles.
"A little bit has been coverage. I know guys will say that's the normal answer but some of it has been coverage. Some of it has been the routes have been taken away. Maybe it's been the pressed one-on-one that we have to do a better job with Laurent," Mularkey said about Robinson's struggles so far in the preseason.
Until Thursday, Robinson hadn't received many targets from quarterback Blaine Gabbert, especially when first-round pick Justin Blackmon entered the fold. The Jaguars big free agent signing was targeted three times in the game, dropping two passes with tight coverage on him.
Robinson continues to work at the things he needs to work on in practice however, so the team has confidence it will translate to the field.
"I'll say this, the guy comes out to work and tries to work every day just like he did today. We want the numbers to be greater. Not all balls are called to a guy and they go to them. Sometimes they are in a progression and they don't go to him, but he has done some things positively in games that I can tell you," Mularkey said. We showed a fifteen play highlight tape this morning of a game that he was part of the run game and blocking which is as important as catching the ball in our offense. I think the production will go up. I know he will like to see it go up. It will help us control the ball more if we can get it in his hands but again, I think we're okay right now."
If Gabbert continues to feed Blackmon short, eventually that's going to roll coverage from Robinson and free him up with more one-on-one match ups, but as of right now the defenses have seemingly taken away the Jaguars only deep threat.