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Mike Mularkey wants more from Laurent Robinson

Laurent Robinson AP

When the Jaguars gave wide receiver Laurent Robinson a five-year, $32.5 million deal, it came with an expectation that he raised his game above the third receiver level he showed as a member of the Cowboys.

Through the first few days of training camp, coach Mike Mularkey hasn’t seen Robinson rise above that level. While he’s been unhappy with the play of the Jaguars receivers — who are still waiting for first-round pick Justin Blackmon to join the crew — across the board, Mularkey singled out Robinson for a little extra criticism while also remaining confident that better days are ahead.

“He’s got to make some plays. Maybe he’s pressing. I’m not sure,” Mularkey said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “I know he knows it. Heck, he’s been around the league a long time, and he knows he’s got make a play. Sometimes, you press. He’ll come around. … All he has to do is make one, and they’ll come in bunches.”

Betting on Robinson was a risk for the Jaguars, although it was one they probably felt better about after grabbing Blackmon in the first round of the draft. Without Blackmon there, though, Robinson isn’t able to get open in practice and the other receivers aren’t making the most of their opportunities.

Beat writers taking in Monday’s practice are filing more reports of trouble for the Jaguars receivers, especially as it comes to getting open. Blaine Gabbert scrambled more than he threw passes during the morning session, something that suggests we’ll be hearing more from Mularkey on this topic in the days to come.

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9 Responses to “Mike Mularkey wants more from Laurent Robinson”
  1. ppc50 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:35 AM

    Robinson is a good guy, young and will be an OK receiver for the Jaguars, but this seems like a case of Alvin Harper part II. Kind of predictable.

  2. bigdinla says: Jul 30, 2012 11:46 AM

    Or maybe Mularkey needs to realize that he does not have Tony Romo to throw him the ball. Seriously, Robinson was a below average WR everywhere he played before Dallas.

  3. bluebongzilla says: Jul 30, 2012 11:48 AM

    They forgot to get a good QB. Romo makes a lot of WRs look really good. You can’t deny the fact that Robinson was a JAG before he joined the Cowboys and he may be a JAG in more ways than one now that he’s left.

  4. citizenstrange says: Jul 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    Agree with all of the above.

    Quarterbacks put recievers in the Pro Bowl not the other way around.

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 30, 2012 12:21 PM

    Vikings 1-0.

  6. steelerchicken says: Jul 30, 2012 12:55 PM

    For example look at Reggie Wayne last year! went from possible Hall of Famer to above average wide receiver

  7. manofaiki says: Jul 30, 2012 3:52 PM

    Mularkey just got there, didn’t he? Can’t remember when Del Rio got fired, but new regime has to kind of cover for Gabbert even if he wasn’t their 1st round pick. They are stuck with him for the time being.

    So it’s easier at this stage to talk about ‘needing more’ from the journeyman WR you went out and got in FA after he had one awesome year in which he had a Pro Bowl QB throwing him the ball.

    My prediction is Robinson doesn’t last long in Jax, he’ll be the first of several WR’s offered up by the staff to try to convince fans their 1st rd high priced QB isn’t the problem, it’s that the WR’s can’t ‘connect’ with him.

    Robinson should have stayed in Dallas, he could have had played with Romo & put up good numbers for a couple of years, made decent money.

    He won’t last 5 years in Jax so he’ll never see most of that $32 mil he left Dallas for.

  8. bringbacktheflex says: Jul 30, 2012 4:02 PM

    You nailed it.

    Hey, you or I would leave our current jobs for that cash too. I don’t fault the guy for that part. The Jags front office should have known better though.

  9. El Kabong says: Aug 6, 2012 5:48 PM

    “When the Jaguars gave wide receiver Laurent Robinson a five-year, $32.5 million deal, it came with an expectation that he raised his game above the third receiver level he showed as a member of the Cowboys.”

    Well, if handing out a bunch of money would suddenly get a player to perform up to the level of that money, being an NFL GM would be easy.

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