The Jacksonville Jaguars reported for the team's voluntary conditioning program on Monday, which means the majority of players are back in town and will be speaking with the media. Prior to the start of the program on Monday, wide receiver Allen Robinson made a few comments to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union that were interesting, centering mostly on wanting a new contract.
"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 told O'Halloran.
O'Halloran indicated that Robinson felt he'd earned a contract extension from the team, and on the surface Robinson is correct. There wasn't a specific amount mentioned, but just on the surface Robinson should be re-signed by the Jaguars. Since his rookie season, Robinson has been a productive player for the Jaguars, making the Pro Bowl after his franchise record setting 2015 season. Entering the pre-season for 2016, it appeared as if Robinson was poised for another big time season, as he looked like a dominant player in training camp and the preseason.
"The most frustrating part of [last] year was that I was an improved player coming in," Robinson told O'Halloran. "I was a better route runner, I thought I was creating more separation. Even though the outcome wasn't there, I knew that. ... Now it's coming in as an even more improved player and having that strain. We have to do it every day and every game."
Robinson's production dipped last season to 73 receptions for just 883 yards and six touchdowns, all of which led the Jaguars. Just watching the commentary from fans on Robinson last year, you'd be surprised to see he led the offense in those categories, but a lot of that commentary was out of the same frustration Robinson had, but of fans high expectations. Those frustrations were compounded by some of the comments Robinson made about fans booing players and he had some lackluster effort games himself, struggling with drops at times, but he wasn't nearly as poor as a lot of people made it out to be.
Robinson is still the Jaguars best wide receiver and was productive with some really poor quarterback play. While Robinson has earned a contract extension, the big question is going to be just how big of an extension. If Robinson can rebound in 2017 closer to what he was doing in 2015, he should be in line for a big time pay day.