Allen Robinson's 2017 fate is in Blake Bortles' hands
- After a breakout 2015 season, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson’s numbers regressed in 2016.
- Much of this can be attributed to how he was used throughout the season. In 2016, Robinson was targeted more frequently in the short passing game, as he caught 21 passes for 221 yards on hitch routes, and another 17 for 155 yards on out routes. In 2015, those numbers were 11 catches for 158 yards on hitches, and 7 for 105 yards on outs.
- Robinson recorded an astounding 24 catches for 704 yards off of go routes in 2015. Despite a similar number of targets (45 in 2015, 42 in 2016), that figure drastically declined. On go routes in 2016 Robinson caught 9 passes for 186 yards.
- That was attributed to a large dropoff in catchable balls. In 2015, 25 of Robinson’s 45 go route targets were deemed catchable, compared to 10 of 42 in 2016.
- This directly coincides with Blake Bortles’ deep passing accuracy the last two seasons, as Bortles was seventh among quarterbacks in passes of 20-plus air yards in 2015, but last among qualifying passers in 2016.
- Robinson likely has the talent to be a premier receiver in the league, but Bortles’ ability to bounce back this upcoming season will be an indicator of Robinson’s success.