It’s a good thing all that preseason talk of the Jaguars trading wide receiver Allen Hurns proved to be just that because the depth the Jags thought they had at that position is quickly disappearing.
Less than 48 hours after placing rookie wideout Dede Westbrook on injured reserve, the Jaguars are now facing the possibility of having to do the same with wideout Allen Robinson.
Robinson went down with a left knee injury three plays into the Jaguars first offensive series Sunday and the team has now confirmed that he suffered a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.
The actual severity of the injury won’t be known until an MRI is done, possibly on Monday, but the expectation is that Robinson’s season is over. If so, the loss could prove to be devastating to the Jaguars attack.
Robinson was the Jaguars top receiver, the primary X in their scheme and a player who had caught 202 passes for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns before he went down on Sunday.
The question now of course is what do the Jaguars do without Robinson, who was in the final year of his contract with the team, and may be done as a Jaguar for good.
Hurns is the candidate most suited for the X spot that Robinson filled but he’s been at his best as a slot option. The Jaguars also have wideout Marquis Lee and special teams standout Arrelious Benn but Benn may not be a long-term option.
The likelihood then is that after making the team thanks to an impressive training camp and preseason, rookie Keelan Cole will now get his chance to prove his worth as a more regular member of the pass-catching corps.
Cole caught five passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt for 31 yards during the preseason but did not catch either of the two passes that were thrown his way on Sunday.
The Jaguars also have rookie Amba Etta-Tawo on the practice squad. He could be promoted for depth purposes or the team could opt to sign someone off the street.
Former Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson might be one option. Jackson wasn’t with a team during the preseason but he has yet to officially announce his retirement and may be an option.