Allen Robinson struggles in opener, and other notes


Allen Robinson did not have the lone poor performance for the Jacksonville Jaguars to open the season on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

But after so much hype, it’s really tough to look past his lack of production.

Among Jags receivers, Allen Robinson was the guy who failed to impress. With just one reception on six targets and one glaring drop that should have gone for over 20 yards, Robinson found himself a lowlight for the team.

As stated before, he wasn’t alone.

Blake Bortles should also be singled out. After a stellar preseason, he came out completely flat and managed to complete just 55% of his 40 pass attempts. He accumulated just 182 yards through the air with one touchdown and two interceptions. It was his first multi-interception game since Week 8 of his rookie season. One of them was returned for a touchdown that really took the wind out of the Jags’ sails.

It wasn’t just Bortles’ poor stats that need to be highlighted, however. He clearly regressed in the season opener, showing worse decision making, less touch on the ball, and the stellar feel for the pocket he had all preseason completely disappeared. The latter was particularly noticeable with Bortles deciding to run with the pocket collapsing instead of keeping his eyes down field and trying to complete a pass.

Bortles was sacked five times on the day and a significant number of them should be on him.

Aaron Colvin was hyped all offseason and also misfired on Sunday. He had two penalties called on him and did not look to be up to par with the Carolina Panthers’ less than stellar receiving group. I came away from the game firmly believing that Demetrius McCray should get the outside spot back going forward.

Last but not least, new place kicker Jason Myers struggled all day long. After connecting on a 22 yard field goal, Myers managed to miss another field goal and miss an extra point. While we knew there would be hiccups with a rookie kicker, Myers could have really helped the Jags by connecting on those.

Who else stood out in a bad way for you?

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