The Jacksonville Jaguars suffered a major blow in their win against the Houston Texans on Sunday. During the first quarter, All-Pro wide receiver Allen Robinson suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the rest of the season. Arguably the most-talented player on Jacksonville’s team, Robinson will be greatly missed as the Jaguars contend for the top spot in the AFC South this season.
Unfortunately, the Jaguars don’t have much depth at wide receiver. Other than Robinson, only three other wide receivers played in Sunday’s game.
With Robinson out, Allen Hurns becomes their top receiver. Hurns played 51 snaps against the Texans and finished with three receptions and 42 receiving yards this past Sunday. At age 25, Hurns could have a big season for the Jaguars. Just two seasons ago, Hurns finished with over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. At age 25, Hurns has the potential for a turnaround season with increased targets.
Marqise Lee also has a major opportunity to step up this season. Lee is also 25 years old, and he will team up with Hurns to lead the Jaguars receiving group. He played 53 snaps on Sunday, but he finished with no receptions. The Jaguars are a run-heavy team this season but expect Lee to build off a great 2016 season.
The last wide receiver that received playing time was Arrelious Benn. Benn played only seven snaps on Sunday and finished with just one reception for 12 yards. With Robinson out, Benn will be thrust into the third-receiver role, but he should not be expected to have a breakout year given his lack of production in his past seasons with the Buccaneers, Eagles, and Jaguars.
Despite a run-heavy offense, the Jaguars have the potential to have a solid passing attack if Bortles can prove the world wrong and turn around his career. The wide receiver that will benefit most from Robinson’s absence will likely be Lee. He easily could have 1,000 receiving yards this year and at least eight touchdowns if Bortles plays at an average level.
Hurns’ production will also go up with Robinson’s injury, but Lee will benefit the most. Dede Westbrook could also have an impact later in the season. The Jaguars placed Westbrook on the IR to start the year after suffering a core muscle injury. If he is able to carry over his impressive preseason performance when he returns sometime this year, Westbrook could receive significant playing time late in the season. The Jaguars surprised the NFL last week, and they will look to do the same against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday.
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