The Jacksonville Jaguars can't catch a break when it comes to their wide receiver corps. They took yet another lump Friday as it was revealed that rookie Allen Robinson will miss some time due to injury.
According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN, the second-round pick is expected to miss at least two weeks with a hamstring ailment:
#Jaguars announce WR Tandon Doss and Allen Robinson out for an extended period -- at least two weeks.— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) August 1, 2014
This isn't the first time that the Penn State product has had hamstring issues since being drafted. The same exact injury prevented him from participating in OTAs, per Mark Long of The Associated Press:
Jaguars say WR Allen Robinson re-injured same hamstring that kept him out during OTAs— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) July 31, 2014
Robinson's hamstring affliction is just the latest in a long line of problems among Jags receivers. According to DiRocco, Tandon Doss has an ankle injury, Cecil Shorts is nursing a hamstring strain of his own, and Ace Sanders is on leave while facing a possible suspension from the league.
With so many of Jacksonville's pass-catchers facing uncertain futures, a lot was expected out of Robinson in his rookie campaign. Per John Oehser of Jaguars.com, Robinson and fellow rookie Marqise Lee instantly made a good impression at training camp:
Very good start to training camp for Jaguars rookie WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. Each looks comfortable and consistent.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) July 30, 2014
Will Robinson be a significant contributor for the Jaguars this season?
Now that Robinson is out, the onus falls on Lee. He is immensely talented and has a chance to start immediately, but he realizes how vital it is to get Robinson and others back in the fold as quickly as possible, according to DiRocco's report.
"We know how important it is to be out there right now but at the end of the day we need him [Robinson] for this season," Lee said. "Him and Cecil [Shorts], we need them as healthy as possible as far as just getting ready for the season. If they need that time right now, they need that time right now."
This time of the year is big for rookies like Robinson in terms of learning the offense and getting comfortable. He certainly seemed to be doing that, but now he is going to be behind the eight ball when he returns, per Brian Sexton of Jaguars.com:
Allen Robinson's hamstring is a bummer for the Jags. He has looked good & a lengthy absence only slows the passing game's development.— Brian Sexton (@JagsVoice) August 1, 2014
Also, there is no guarantee that Robinson will be 100 percent anytime soon. Hamstring injuries can be tricky, especially for wide receivers. It doesn't take much to tweak a hamstring, so Robinson could conceivably have to deal with this all season long.
If that is the case, then the Jags' depth will truly be tested. Shorts is expected back soon, and Lee has remained healthy, but there are question marks galore beyond that.
Robinson has a fantastic opportunity in front of him in terms of earning ample playing time as a rookie. Because of that, he and the Jaguars will cross their fingers and hope that he progresses significantly over the next two weeks.
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