Robinson believes he has earned a contract extension, but he remains focused on the football side of things, The Florida Times-Union reports. "If we get something done, we do and if not, I have a big year coming ahead for me and I have an obligation to my teammates to play at a high level," Robinson said.
Robinson fell flat last season along with the rest of the young Jacksonville offense, with his receiving yards (1,400 to 883), touchdowns (14 to six) and yards per receptions (17.5 to 12.1) all falling off a cliff from his breakout 2015 campaign. Now entering the final year of his rookie contract, the 2014 second-round selection (No. 61 overall) carries a 2017 base salary under $1 million. An extension would give him long-term financial security, but the Jaguars probably aren't willing to pay him as an elite No. 1 receiver in the wake of such a disappointing season. If he waits things out and bounces back in 2017, the young wideout would be in a position next offseason to demand a contract which makes him one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL. Also working in his favor, Robinson is one of the youngest players from the 2014 draft class, set to turn 24 just a couple weeks before Week 1.
Robinson caught five of 12 targets for 82 yards Sunday in Indianapolis.
Robinson was held out of the end zone for the sixth consecutive game to close out a disappointing 2016 campaign. While he finished with a respectable 73 catches, the third-year wideout's 883 yards and six touchdowns represented major steps back from a breakout sophomore campaign in which he totaled 1,400 yards and scored 14 times. That downturn in production coincided with a down year from quarterback Blake Bortles, but hopefully a new coaching staff will lead to better results from the duo in 2017.
Robinson topped the century mark for just the second time this season after doing so six times in 2015. The third-year wideout has regressed along with quarterback Blake Bortles, but both brought their A-game for this AFC South rivalry game. While Robinson has 68 receptions, he has managed only 801 yards due to a subpar average of 11.8 yards per catch.
Robinson's nightmarish campaign continued Sunday, as Blake Bortles was only able to complete 12 passes in 28 attempts. He targeted Robinson more than any other player, but as has often been the case this season, it didn't add up to any meaningful production. After a 1,400-yard campaign in 2015, Robinson has eclipsed the 100-yard mark only once this season and has 11 catches for 105 yards and one touchdown over his last five games, despite seeing 32 targets during that span. He'll try to salvage what's left of the season beginning with a Christmas Eve date with a beatable Titans secondary.
Robinson is beyond struggling to reach last season's dynamic breakout, and he's having difficulty meeting more modest heights from earlier this season. The big-play target has caught just nine passes for 90 totals yards and one touchdown in the last four weeks. Perhaps even more concerning for a target that racked up 14 scores just a season ago, Robinson hasn't been targeted in the red zone in his last three games.
|P1||8/10/17||@ NE||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/19/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|