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Allen Robinson 'unbelievable' in Jaguars practices

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One of the NFL's best-kept secrets resides in Jacksonville.

Because he missed last offseason with a hamstring injury and spent the final six weeks of his rookie season on injured reserve with a broken right foot, Jaguars second-year wide receiver Allen Robinson is rarely mentioned as a potential breakout star.

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That is bound to change after Robinson dominated OTAs and minicamp with his big-play ability down the field and in the red zone.

"He's been unbelievable," quarterback Blake Bortles said Thursday, via Mark Long of the Associated Press. "He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He can run and do everything out in the open field, so he's been fun to throw to."

Bortles isn't the first to heap praise on Robinson this month.

Coach Gus Bradley noted in Robinson's first practices since returning from the stress fracture that the former Penn State star was already "playing with a lot of confidence."

Former Packers cornerback Davon House has begun comparing his new teammate to a "young Brandon Marshall" for his ability to go up and get contested passes.

Although Robinson lacks game-breaking speed, we noted on Game Rewind that his 42-inch vertical leap and wide catch radius allow him to win at the catch point more often than other talented young wideouts such as Sammy Watkins.

On pace to break Justin Blackmon's franchise record for receptions by a rookie, Robinson was just hitting his stride prior to his season-ending injury last November.

If Bortles can straighten out his mechanical flaws this summer, Robinson and Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas will have a chance to emerge as the Jaguars' most productive duo since the glory days of Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell.

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