Allen Robinson needs just one big game to be the first 1000 yard receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars since Jimmy Smith in 2005.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have come close to fielding a 1000 yard receiver a couple of times since Jimmy Smith’s 2005 season.
Yet that last seasons, now a decade past, is still the benchmark to beat.
Players like Mike Sims-Walker, Matt Jones, and Cecil Shorts III were all supposed to be able to get to 1000 yards, yet they all fell short.
Now there’s another player trying his hardest to get there: Allen Robinson.
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The second-year wide receiver is putting together a stellar sophomore campaign as his breakout season continues to turn heads. With just 10 games played in 2015, he is already only 129 yards away from breaking the 1000 yard threshold.
Last year, Robinson played in only 10 games before landing on injured reserve. He had 548 yards on 48 receptions.
This year, Robinson has played in 10 games and amassed 871 yards on 50 receptions.
That six yards per reception difference is putting him closer and closer to 1000 yards than any receiver since Shorts’ 979 yards back in 2012.
Oct 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson (15) pulls in a pass against Indianapolis Colts defender Vontae Davis (21) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Now, with just 129 yards to go, Robinson could easily top the 1000 yard mark and cement himself as the next big receiver for the Jaguars, finally succeeding after Smith’s departure.
Part of a potent duo with Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson has managed to succeed even with another player closing in on 1000 yards as well. Hurns could catch up, but Robinson could end the entire race with a dominant performance against the San Diego Chargers in Week 12.
Robinson has managed to have three 100 yard game so far in his career, all of them came this season. He eclipsed 125 yards in just one of those games (155 yards in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins). If he is going to get past 1000 yards in the next week, he’ll have to have a near-career game to do it.
But he’s a top-10 receiver and these types of performances will be expected of him going forward.
Personally, I couldn’t care less if Robinson breaks the 1000 yard barrier in Week 12, Week 13, or even Week 14. I couldn’t care less if he is overtaken by Allen Hurns to break the barrier first. What matters is that Robinson is helping the offense move the ball and score.
Still, it’ll be nice to see another 1000 yard receiver, especially since Jags fans have waited so long! Really, a decade is just way too long.