Jaguars hot seat: 3 players under the most pressure to perform in 2021

Cam Robinson, #74 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Cam Robinson, #74 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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Cam Robinson #74 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Cam Robinson must show he’s the Jacksonville Jaguars’ franchise left tackle.

You have probably heard how Trevor Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. If that comparison holds true, the Jaguars won’t have to worry about looking for a franchise signal-caller in a while. That is, of course, if they can protect him. You probably remember how the Indianapolis Colts failed to put together an offensive line that could block for the Stanford product.

After just six seasons in the NFL, Luck called it quits, and nobody should blame him. He spent a good portion of his career in the training room dealing with all kinds of body ailments. If the Jaguars want to make sure the same doesn’t happen to Lawrence, they have to make sure he’s got the best protection. Jacksonville brought back all their starting offensive linemen from 2020 and left tackle Cam Robinson will probably be the one under the most scrutiny.

The Jags applied the franchise tag on the 2017 second-round pick this offseason even though he’s been inconsistent throughout his four-year career. He will have a one-year tryout to show he’s the long-term answer at left tackle. If he plays well, the team’s brass won’t have an issue giving a multi-year deal. On the other hand, if he doesn’t improve, they will likely move on from him next offseason.

If Robinson struggles in 2021, he could lose his job to rookie Walker Little, who will enter the season as the primary backup at offensive tackle. Even if the Jaguars don’t plan to bring the Alabama product back in 2022, he will have to put some good tape together if he wants to get paid.