The Jacksonville Jaguars dominated the Houston Texans on Sunday on the lines of scrimmage. The biggest surprise in the blowout win was the play of the Jaguars offensive line, as the team was able to run the ball and completely shut out a typically stellar Texans pass rush.
A big key to that, and our Unsung Hero of the Week, was rookie left tackle Cam Robinson.
The Jaguars traded up for Cam Robinson in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, as the team felt he was the only potential quality offensive tackle remaining, with the plans to have him compete with veteran Brendan Albert for the starting left tackle job with the loser possibly kicking inside to left guard. We all know what happened with Albert, he abruptly retired, which mean Robinson got the starting left tackle gig by default.
It was an up and down training camp and preseason for the rookie left tackle, as expected, but on Sunday against the Texans he had the look of a cagey veteran who knew all the pass rush tricks of the Texans lineman. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles wasn’t sacked once on Sunday and a big part of that was because the rookie left tackle was able to shut down the likes of J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.
It was a test by fire for Robinson and he walked through it like he was a Targaryen.