The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the season with a 5-11 record, their best season since their previous 5-11 record in 2011, but pretty much the same old, same old for the Florida-based franchise. Another poor season.
While their record was disappointing, their performance on offense was not, as they have had a vast improvement in their passing game.
This season, the Jaguars had 215 passing first downs which is up from 2014's 154, 4,108 total passing yards which is an increase from 2014's 3,001 total, and a much higher third down conversion rate of 72 out of 205 attempts compared to 2014's 69 of 216 attempts.
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This improvement is thanks to the development of quarterback Blake Bortles, and more notably, wide receiver Allen Robinson in their sophomore years. Both players were selected in the first and second round of the 2014 draft respectively, but it is the wideout from Penn State that is shining more brightly. It's time to believe the hype surrounding the 22-year-old.
He was the NFL Receiving Touchdowns Co-Leader over the season alongside New York Jets' Brandon Marshall and Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin with 14 touchdowns, and he also became the new holder of the Jaguars' single-season touchdown receptions.
Along with 1,400 receiving yards, 2015 was a huge season for Robinson. A brilliant season for a player who has just finished his second season and who is on a team that historically struggles. It's also a good improvement from his rookie season where he only played in 10 games and had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns.
He has become the go-to guy for Bortles on the Jaguars' offense, and his achievements have been recognised as he was awarded a first alternative slot for the 2016 Pro Bowl. He could be called upon if either Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals), or DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans) make it with their teams to the Super Bowl or get injured during the playoffs.
Alongside fellow wideout Allen Hurns, who also had a good season of 64 receptions for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns, and with a reliable reserve waiting in the wings as well, the future is looking bright for once for the Jaguars in the wide receiver position. One to be feared in 2016.
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