Allen Robinson lone Jaguar to make PFF’s top 101
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson was the only player on the team to make Pro Football Focus’ top 101 players from 2015.
For a team quickly becoming stocked with talent and plenty of other players making waves on the NFL’s top 100, it is almost shocking that the Jacksonville Jaguars would only have one player on the Pro Football Focus list of top 101 players from 2015.
But, like many other instances, PFF does things a little differently.
The only Jags player from 2015 to land on the list is wide receiver Allen Robinson, who placed 60th overall. The article explains:
"A key trait of Allen Robinson’s is his ability to make his quarterbacks look better—both in college and the NFL—by making spectacular plays downfield and winning a series of jump balls. Robinson was the league’s most consistent deep threat in 2015 because of his ability to win battles with defensive backs on 50/50 passes; he gained more than 650 yards on deep targets alone this past season."
There’s no doubt that Robinson saved Blake Bortles plenty of times in 2015 and will continue to do so going forward. He was a serious receiving threat even on poorly thrown balls and was able to make beautiful catch after beautiful catch. There’s no doubt that Robinson is one of the best players in the league at his position and his 60th overall position is well deserved.
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But what about other Jags players? What about Allen Hurns or Telvin Smith (both on the NFL top 100)? Why are they not overlooked there and overlooked here?
It all comes back to how PFF grades players (which has been arbitrary often) and how their overall system analyzes each player and each play of every game. It is a system with at least some level of integrity but it also has a disconnect from what is clearly observable on the field: a player working his ass off to make plays even if it doesn’t always pan out.
It’s nice to see Allen Robinson get his due, but it’s also worth mentioning that the assessment for PFF’s top 101 isn’t perfect.
It’s also worth noting that new Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson is also on the list, finishing 75th overall. Four players had their best overall performances against the Jaguars: Jarvin Landry, DeAndre Hopkins, Doug Martin, and Delanie Walker.