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Allen Robinson ranks No. 20 on ESPN’s early 2017 fantasy football rankings

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The Jacksonville Jaguars offense last season was, in a word, disappointing. After a productive 2015 campaign, Blake Bortles regressed, Allen Robinson dropped way too many passes, and the running game was as depressing as it was inconsistent.

But ESPN’s Field Yates thinks that all turns around in 2017 — ranking Robinson as the No. 20 overall prospect.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: A good chunk of the blame for his season belongs squarely on the shoulders of his quarterback, Blake Bortles, who threw 12 fewer touchdown passes and scored 43 fewer fantasy points in 2016 than 2015, but Robinson's own performance played a part. He had two more drops in 2016 (6) than 2015, and despite one more target (149-148), he saw his fantasy point total go from 217 in 2015 to a mere 118 in 2016. Robinson was the No. 6 wide receiver and 15th overall player off the board in ESPN drafts (15.9 ADP), and he was active in more than 80 percent of leagues in nine of his 16 games.

Let’s forget for a second that the offense is in a state of transition with a new head coach in Doug Marrone and a new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Robinson was bad last year and it shouldn’t be assumed that his 2015 season is his measuring stick. Robinson certainly has all the tools, but can we really expect him to hit 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns on a regular basis? Predicting him to be the ninth-most productive receiver in 2017 certainly seems to suggest that.

And what about the guy throwing Robinson the ball? Bortles was awful last year — probably a bottom-five starting quarterback in terms of decision-making and mechanics — and we’re predicting Robinson to have a top-10 season next year while his quarterback is fending off veteran competition?

I don’t buy it.

What do you think? Will Robinson get back to his 2015 heights? Or will he stay an average receiver until his quarterback situation is figured out?