Playing in the NFL is a big deal. Playing left tackle in the NFL is an even bigger deal. The biggest deal of all for an NFL left tackle: it just may be playing against the Houston Texans.
From J.J. Watt, to Jadeveon Clowney to Whitney Mercilus, the Texans can throw a rare and seemingly endless array of weapons at a left tackle, creating a challenge that is daunting for the most experienced of players.
Outside of what he picked up during the preseason, Jacksonville Jaguars rookie left tackle Cam Robinson, the team’s second-round draft pick, doesn’t have any experience to lean on. If he’s bothered by that, though, he’s not showing it.
When asked this week about the challenge he faces in having to protect quarterback Blake Bortles blind side from the likes of Watt, Clowney and Mercilus (great name by the way), Robinson said it’s no big deal.
“It’s such a big deal to everybody else,’’ Robinson told the Florida Times Union. “But it’s just football, man. It doesn’t really matter to me who is lined up across (from me). I still have to do my job.’’
It wasn’t until Branden Albert suddenly retired in late July that Robinson got that job. He might have won it anyway, but Albert’s sudden departure ended the position battle before it started.
Now he’ll make his NFL debut against a trio of pass rushers that includes arguably the best overall player in the NFL in Watt and has combined for 30 sacks against the Jaguars alone during their careers.
“I have a lot of respect for those guys, but at the end of the day, as an offensive line, we’ve still got to go out there and do our jobs,’’ Robinson said. “I really don’t have too much awe in me. I’m, just playing football.’’