The Jacksonville Jaguars could get reinforcements on the offensive line for Week 17. With two games left in the 2023 season, they plan to activate left tackle Cam Robinson from Injured Reserve. Robinson originally landed on IR after suffering a knee injury in the win over the Houston Texans in Week 11.
Update: The Jags have announced they've placed Robinson on the Reserve/Injured, Designated to Return List.
At the time, head coach Doug Pederson expressed optimism about Robinson returning this season. Fast forward to Week 17, and Pederson confirmed that they'll open his window to return from IR, "This is the week, we can open his window," Pederson said in his media availability session Tuesday. "We'll get him back on the practice field tomorrow."
Robinson, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, served a four-game suspension to start the 2023 season. He returned to the lineup in Week 5 and appeared in seven games before he suffered the knee injury.
On 248 pass-blocking snaps this season, Robinson gave up 10 total pressures and three sacks while posting a Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade of 79.6. With that in mind, here are three observations from Cam Robinson's incoming return.
3. Walker Little returns to the sidelines, without a clear role
When Cam Robinson has been unavailable this season, Walke Little has filled in for him at left tackle. During his exchange with the media, Pederson said that Little be the swing tackle for the time being, but didn't rule out the possibility of bumping him back to left guard.
"We'll see we'll see where he's at. He's sore right now too. As you saw, we've got some opportunities, whether he's the left guard or Ezra [Cleveland] or Tyler Shatley moving forward but if need be, Walker and Blake Hance can be those to be those two [backup] tackles."
Little began the season at left tackle, playing 275 pass-blocking snaps and allowing five total pressures along with one sack. When Robinson returned, he moved to left guard to provide stability at the position. The Jags plugged Little back in at left tackle when they placed Robinson on IR.
A second-round pick in 2021, Little hasn't had a defined role the past three seasons, and has mostly been used as a swing tackle. While he's shown promise when called upon, it's uncertain what the team's long-term plan for him is. In the meantime, the former Stanford Cardinal provides insurance in case either Robinson or right tackle Anton Harrison sustains an injury the remainder of the season.