The Jacksonville Jaguars will get reinforcements when they face the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. They activated left tackle Cam Robinson from Injured Reserve ahead of the game and they couldn't have gotten the mauler at a better time. Robinson will give a boost to an offensive line that has been marred by injuries. He met with the local media ahead of Sunday and spoke about his absence and expectations.
Robinson says he was anxious to get back to the team, noting that being away from the game gives you new appreciation.
"I try to keep things into perspective," Robinson said. "Those weeks you miss, once you're away from the game, your appreciation for whatever is that I was missing was just in full display, anxious to get back."
Robinson goes on to say that he doesn't have personal goals. Instead, he believes personal goals come from within team goals. Later in the exchange, the veteran tackle says that the Jaguars must operate with a sense of urgency moving forward.
"Winning cures everything, not having a sense of panic. It definitely needs to be a sense of urgency without a sense of panic. We know what we need to do. We know we need to get better and we know we need to work on this stuff. We're going out there and doing exactly that work and learning and getting better at it," Robinson said.
The Jaguars have struggled to protect Trevor Lawrence and open lanes in the running game. When asked what the offensive line must do to improve, Robinson provided a simple answer, "We just need to do a better job again."
Jacksonville is currently riding a four-game losing streak. Their inability to block upfront has been one of the reasons. Having Robinson back in the fold should help. He landed on Injured Reserve after suffering a knee injury in Week 12. He was activated ahead of the Panthers game. Although he's been limited in practice, he's expected to take the field.
Cam Robinson must set the tone fo the Jaguars vs. the Panthers
The Jaguars' offensive line is much better when Robinson is playing. He served a suspension to start the season and joined the lineup in Week 5. Whenever he's not in the fold, his absence is notable, especially in the running game. That said, he's fared well in pass protection as well, giving up a reasonable three sacks and 10 pressures on 248 pass-blocking snaps.
With Robinson back in the mix, the Jaguars can then plug either Ezra Cleveland or Walker Little in at left guard. Both Cleveland and Little have been dealing with injuries, so the coaching staff could go with whoever is healthier for Sunday.
Either way, Robinson thinks they'll be alright, regardless of who lines up next to him, "I've had a lot of guys, we'll do a good job. We'll mesh and we'll get it figured out and we'll go," Robinson said.
With their back against the wall, the Jaguars cannot afford to lose another game. If they they want to have a chance at turning things around, they'll have to start by beating the Panthers Sunday. For that to happen, they'll need to win the battle in the trenches. A healthy Cam Robinson should help with that.