Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Robinson out for Season; Jaguars' Receivers Confident They Can Pick Up Slack

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Robinson out for Season; Jaguars' Receivers Confident They Can Pick Up Slack

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

HOUSTON | Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson, on crutches and wearing a large brace on his left knee, walked out of a downtown hotel along with two members of the team's medical staff for an off-site appointment.

The diagnosis was as feared: A torn ACL, ending his season after only three plays.

The Jaguars (1-0) must now find a way to replace their most established offensive play-maker.

"To watch a player who has done everything you ask him to do and was set up for a great year [and] to sustain an injury, it's obviously a blow," coach Doug Marrone said during a conference call.

A blow because Robinson was arguably the Jaguars' best player during training camp, confident he could return to his 2015 which saw him catch 14 touchdown passes.

And it's a blow to the offense because the Jaguars are running out of receivers - only four are healthy.

Robinson, in the final year of his contract, was injured while making a 17-yard catch during Sunday's 29-7 win over Houston.

Just like that, his season was over.

"Sickening," receiver Marqise Lee said. "He had worked so hard to get where he is."

Said receiver Arrelious Benn: "It's crazy because he was just talking about going through OTAs, mini-camp and training camp healthy and he was getting ready for a healthy season."

It will be up to Lee and Allen Hurns plus Benn and rookie Keelan Cole to fill the huge void Robinson will leave.

His 18 red zone touchdowns since the start of 2015 are most in the NFL.

In order, an educated guess on the depth chart entering Sunday's game against Tennessee will be Lee, Hurns, Cole and Benn. When they put Robinson on injured reserve (Marrone said surgery has not been scheduled yet), the Jaguars could sign a street free agent receiver.

The receiving corps was depleted in the preseason when Rashad Greene and Shane Wynn were put on injured reserve. And last Friday, rookie Dede Westbrook (core muscle) was put on injured reserve although he could return at mid-season.

Minus Robinson, the Jaguars did not need much from their receivers against Houston. …

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