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Allen Robinson to Replace Calvin Johnson at NFL Pro Bowl 2016

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 6:  Allen Robinson #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Jaguars 42-39.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2016

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson has been added to the 2016 Pro Bowl roster Thursday after Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson pulled out because of an injury, per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. 

He becomes the first Jaguars receiver to reach the Pro Bowl since Jimmy Smith did so in 2001, per Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. The team noted he's also the youngest Jaguar to ever appear in the game.

“It’s definitely an honor, but no individual success comes without the help of amazing teammates and coaches," Robinson said in a statement, per O'Halloran. "I’m looking forward to the experience in Hawaii and the opportunity to be around so many of the great talents of our league.”

Robinson, 22, was a first alternate for the game. His inclusion is certainly deserved, as he had a breakout season for the Jags, catching 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns—tied with the New York Jets' Brandon Marshall and Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks for the most touchdown catches in the league.  

He paired with 23-year-old quarterback Blake Bortles and fellow wideout Allen Hurns, 24, to give the team one of the most exciting young passing attacks in the NFL.

Hurns was happy to see his teammate earn a trip to the Pro Bowl:

The second-year receiver looks as though he could develop into one of the top wideouts in the game. Alongside Bortles, he's one of the faces of the up-and-coming Jacksonville offense.   

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