Jacksonville Jaguars: 5 players who will be much better in 2015
By Luke Sims
The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the rise. A big part of that is the talented roster being cultivated by general manager Dave Caldwell. The roster overhaul has been a massive project and isn’t over after 2015, but already the young talent on the Jaguars roster is bubbling, ready to boil over.
2014 gave all of us a few glimpses of that talent. From young receivers to a new quarterback to an energetic linebacker, there were flashes of talent all over the roster. Perhaps rookie guard Brandon Linder emerged as the best among them, putting together an excellent campaign and proving that Caldwell can find quality talent in the third round of the NFL Draft.
For all the flashes of talent, there were still a few hiccups. There were moments that made you cringe, want to switch the channel, and contemplate what life must be like as an Indianapolis Colts fan. (okay, that last one was a lie. DTWD!) Some of the best looking players in 2015 still struggled to impress consistently and clearly displayed a need for maturity in the NFL. We’ll highlight five players with plenty of talent who will be much better in 2015.
Oct 26, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) attempts to catch the ball in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Richard Dole-USA TODAY Sports
1) Allen Robinson, WR
Perhaps the most obvious one on this list, Allen Robinson hype is all over the internet right now. He put up 548 yards and two touchdowns in just 10 game appearances last season, quickly becoming one of quarterback Blake Bortles’ favorite targets.
The 50th graded receiver according to Pro Football Focus, Robinson was still the most complete receiver for the Jaguars. His best attribute for 2014 was his reliability when on the field. He has only one drop credited to him and caught 63% of the balls thrown his way.
The most complete receiver for the Jaguars will get better in 2015. The hype train officially left the station a few weeks ago with reports of Robinson being far and away the best receiver for the Jaguars and putting together stellar practice after stellar practice. With an established threat at tight end in new addition Julius Thomas, Robinson should find his job as the number one receiver for the Jaguars significantly easier. He won’t have to carry the offense on his shoulders, but he’ll be given plenty of opportunities to impress.
Expect Robinson to get more targets than the 76 he had last season. If he can stay on the field for a full year then he’ll be able to put together a spectacular 2015. That injury concern is very real, but after a true offseason he may come into 2015 in better shape than the hectic post-collegiate, pre-draft process allowed him to be last year.
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