Jaguars WR Allen Robinson: I have to bounce back and make plays for my team

Oakland beats Jacksonville 33-16

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Allen Robinson has seen better days.

Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Oakland Raiders was Robinson's worst statistical output since his NFL debut against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. 

Robinson had one catch for zero yards in his "Welcome to the NFL" moment.

Against the Raiders, Robinson caught just two passes for nine yards and had a pair of drops. 

The unfortunate performance took place just one week after Robinson let a pass bounce off his hands into Chicago Bears cornerback Tracy Porter's mitts. The turnover stunted the Jaguars' early momentum and took points off the board.

Robinson may simply be in a slump. He's definitely not playing to the level of his sophomore season.

The third-year wide receiver has 26 catches for 296 receiving yards and three touchdowns through six games. At this point last season, Robinson had already collected 28 catches for 488 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Robinson closed out last season with 80 catches for 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl.

This year, he is on pace for 69 catches for 789 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. That's a far cry from typical NFL No. 1 wide receiver numbers.

“I think it’s extremely frustrating for me,” Robinson said. “For me, I want to get my mental [part of the game] right, and make some plays. It’s not something I’m accustomed to doing on a regular basis so whatever it is, however, I have to bounce back and make plays for team.”

Robinson understands that the 2-4 record for the Jaguars isn't good enough. He hasn't grown accustomed to losing, despite only winning eight games that he has played in over the last three years. 

He expects his team to play better and he knows they are capable of performing at a higher level.

“I think that’s where you see all of the frustration,” Robinson said. “I think it’s just frustrating not playing to the level that we’re capable of.”

This team is older than last year's squad. There are some veterans at the twilight of their careers in the locker room. Robinson wants to win now, because those teammates may not get many more opportunities at the playoffs.

“It’s a locker room that’s more balanced than last year with youth and vets,” Robinson said.

“We have some older guys and those guys go out there and play their hearts out. So for us – especially a guy like Marcedes [Lewis] – in this locker room, if we can turn this around I know that would be big for him. He’s told us a bunch of times, I think he’s been to the playoffs once here, so that’s what we’re pressing for. At the end of day, if we can turn things around and help him and some of these vets really be able to make this run.”

Luckily for Robinson, he will get to make up for his shortcomings in just a matter of days. The Jaguars will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans on Thursday Night Football.

A Robinson rebound would be a huge boost for the Jaguars if they are going to right the wrongs of this disappointing season.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.


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