Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has said wide receiver Allen Robinson will be picking up the slack in the red zone whilst tight end Julius Thomas is out.
Speaking to The Florida Times-Union, Bortles said he expects the second-year wide receiver to step up during the absence of their newly acquired tight end. Thomas is expected to be out for at least a month after he injured his finger during the preseason.
Bortles said: "Allen is going to be huge for us, but especially with Julius out. He's going to have to pick up some slack in the red zone. Obviously, he'll get more targets."
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Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley is excited by Robinson too. This is what he had to say about the wide receiver’s preseason performance overall: “Allen Robinson’s done a nice job. What we’ve seen in practice alone, with the work he’s done in preseason, excites us.”
Robinson didn’t have the best of rookie seasons. He only saw five red zone targets compared to former teammate and current Houston Texans wideout Cecil Shorts III, who saw 16. These red zone targets should increase drastically now Thomas is going to be spending time on the sidelines.
The wide receiver from Penn State only played in 10 games last season, catching 48 passes for 548 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 11.4 yards per reception. Many have anticipated now Shorts has gone, Robinson will be Bortles’ new number one target in the receiving corps and he’ll have a breakout year.
Whilst Robinson is a big target, Bortles must forget that he does have other bigger player in the likes of Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor who are proven red zone targets. It might be more wise to spread the play and pass to these guys in the red zone as well to guarantee a score.
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