Allen Robinson isn’t coming back. He’s likely played his last snap for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In an interview on NFL Network, Robinson referred to Jacksonville as something that’s “behind him” and also alluded to part of his decision on where to play next on who the quarterback is.
“Jacksonville knows what I can do. I’m there each and every day. They know what I bring to the table. It is what it is, that’s behind me. Now I’m looking for the best place for me to go play,” Allen Robinson with @nflnetwork on #Jaguars #NFLFreeAgency— Andrew Gibson (@1010XLAG) March 12, 2018
Free agent WR @Thee_AR15 tells me he can play in pretty much any scheme and while not THE factor QB is a factor in his choice— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) March 12, 2018
Selected at the end of the second round after the Jaguars traded up to get him, Robinson didn’t really blossom until his sophomore year when he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
He struggled the year after, cutting his production nearly in half with just under 900 yards and six touchdowns. And then we all know what happened last year with his season-ending ACL injury on his first catch of the season.
It’s a sad ending for the Jaguars and Robinson — he’s good enough to have earned a second contract, an expensive second contract, but the front office doesn’t feel the same way. He’ll likely be in the Pro Bowl conversation barring any injuries going forward and with Marqise Lee also on his way out our depth chart looks like Allen Hurns, Dede Westbrook, and Keelan Cole as the top three guys.
Blake Bortles needs more than that to be good. Unless the team is looking at a marquee pass-catching tight end, I don’t know how the offense doesn’t take a step backwards next year.
Good luck, Allen, wherever you go next.