This time around, analyst Reggie Wayne names Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns as one of the top-five receiving duos in the league headed into 2017.
Wayne knows a thing or two about how to play the wide receiver position — he ranks in the top-10 in NFL history for both receptions and receiving yards. He is also in the top-25 all-time for touchdown catches.
Here is what Wayne had to say in his article about Jacksonville’s young and talented wide receivers:
I know this tandem's production significantly dropped from 2,431 combined yards in 2015 to just 1,360 in 2016, but I like the way these two play. This pair has accomplished a lot in spite of inconsistent quarterback play from Blake Bortles. After missing the final five games of 2016, Hurns is healthy and should return to 2015 form. The Jaguars selected Leonard Fournette in the draft and will likely put more emphasis on the run game, opening up the field for the Allen boys to make a splash in 2017.
Whatever you refer to the tandem as — The A-team, Allen Brothers, Allen Boys, etc. — I think they’ve earned their spot on this list.
Wayne hit the nail on the head, though. Last year’s season was a major league disappointment after both players exploded in 2015. If my math is correct here, the combined yardage dipped by 44 percent. Additionally, the total receptions decreased by 25 percent and their touchdown catches went down a whopping 62.5 percent.
It’s hard to really pin-point one reason for the lack of production. Hurns missed five games. Robinson struggled to create separation from cornerbacks at times. Drops hurt the team. I think it’s possible there may have been plays taken off. And of course, Blake Bortles’ play was subpar at best. Or perhaps, defensive coordinators were paying attention to the two and scheming against them more often.
With all of that said, though, I think these two have unlimited potential. We saw it all-year long in 2015. We saw it in flashes when both players were rookies in 2014. Robinson can jump out of the building and go up and get balls. Hurns is a possession guy who has made clutch catches for the Jags. And both players are young and still progressing.
I think both players will rebound this year, as long as Bortles is able to get the ball to them. As Wayne also pointed out, the Jags are likely going to put more of an emphasis on the running game this year. This bodes well for the A-Team. If Jacksonville shows an ability to consistently run the rock, defenses have to respect that — opening up the passing game.
One shaky season does not make my confidence waver in the duo. Plus, with the emergence of Marqise Lee last season, defenses have to be sure he is covered at all times. I’ll take Robinson, Hurns or Lee to win in single coverage more often than not.
After three seasons each, the duo has compiled 351 receptions, 5,016 yards and 41 touchdowns, per Pro Football Reference. The two each average more than 14 yards per reception as well.
I am excited to see how Jacksonville’s offense — both in the passing and running games — improves in 2017. If it doesn’t, we’re in for another long season, folks.
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