Will this be the season that Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson proves he is the team’s starter for the future?
The biggest question about the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line this offseason has been how the starting five offensive linemen will prove they are the most improved unit on the roster. And with that claim, will left tackle Cam Robinson finally live up being a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft?
Robinson’s road to this moment has been shaky – playing as a rookie and developing to being injured almost all of 2018 and may have need time off in 2019 to completely heal from the ACL he suffered the previous season. Entering his fourth year with the Jacksonville Jaguars is now a chance for him to put the injury issues and inconsistency behind him.
The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t do much to improve their front five and offensive line coach George Warhop will count on the former Alabama star to finally prove he can be one of the best at his position this coming season.
Robinson, who talked to the media last week in his virtual press conference, is feeling better and ready to show being healthy again will benefit not only him but the Jaguars running and passing game as well in 2020.
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"“Health-wise, it’s like night and day,” Robinson said on Tuesday via virtual conference call. “Last year, I was just trying to get on the field. Even at this point, I don’t even think I was cleared yet at this point last year. When I did get cleared, I ended up having another injury. For me, it’s like night and day, finally being able to be healthy. I am looking forward to it.”"
The Jaguars are going to need Robinson’s size and ability if the team is going to improve in the passing game, which means protecting Gardner Minshew’s blindside and open holes for Leonard Fournette in the rushing attack. Things are a bit different this season with new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden looking to change the focus to a more passing-oriented game in 2020.
This season, the Jaguars will be deploying a brand-new offense under offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Many players have already spoken highly of the new system, with Robinson lauding its ability to keep defenses off-balance, able to keep defenses guessing instead of being predictable. With less predictability, the Jaguars should be much better at running the football, too.
Head coach Doug Marrone did make some changes to the line this offseason by moving Will Richardson to left tackle to compete with Robinson. Rookie fourth-round draft pick Ben Bartch will backup A.J. Cann at right guard.
Robinson is in a make-or-break season, playing on the final year of his rookie deal. His work this coming season will determine his future here in Jacksonville. A solid season could net another deal from the Jacksonville Jaguars front office. A lack of consistency could mean the end of the road in Duval County.