Allen Robinson: Coming Back To Beat Chicago Was Big For Us

In 2015, Allen Robinson was one of the best receivers in the NFL. He led the league in touchdowns, with 14, and was sixth in yards, with 1,400. Through five games last year, he was just starting to heat up, hauling in 22 catches for 402 yards (18.3 yards per catch) and four touchdowns. This year, however, has been different. Robinson has 24 catches and three touchdowns, but he also has just 287 yards – an average of 12.0 yards per reception.

But if you think Robinson is worried about his numbers, well, he isn’t, especially since the Jags (2-3) have won two straight games after an 0-3 start.

“It’s about the team,” Robinson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “At the end of the day, it’s about going out there, having the task that you’re trying to get done as a team. For us, the first three games, we weren’t able to do that, but the past two, we (did). So this game that we play is bigger than just me.”

Robinson, 23, remains an elite talent and one of the best deep threats in football.

“I would say teams are doing a lot to cover me differently,” he said. “Obviously I’m seeing a lot more safety help at times and things like that. For us, we have a pretty unique group as an offense as far as having so many playmakers between me, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas. I think a lot of teams aren’t fortunate to have that, but we are.”

Robinson, Hurns and Lee all have between 20 and 24 catches for 230 to 300 yards. Thomas isn’t far behind.

“At certain times as an offense, we can be very explosive, so we just try to do that as much as possible,” Robinson said. “Our (opponents) are making a conscious effort to try to limit our explosive plays and things like that, but at the end of the day, we know that at any point in time we’re confident in us not being out of a game.”

That will to win was on full display in Chicago on Sunday. The Jags trailed 13-0 entering the fourth quarter but pulled out a 17-16 win.

“We’ve been in these positions a lot since I’ve been in Jacksonville,” Robinson said of getting down early and coming back late. “I think for us to show the resiliency to come back from down 13 and also be able to win a close one, I think that was pretty big for us.”

Blake Bortles, who threw for 271 yards, hit Arrelious Benn for a 51-yard touchdown pass in the final minutes to secure the win. Robinson finished with three catches for 49 yards.

Jacksonville hosts Oakland (4-2) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

 

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