Bortles: Allen Robinson to 'pick up slack' in red zone


The loss of tight end Julius Thomas for up to a month will put more pressure on Jacksonville Jaguars second-year receiver Allen Robinson.

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Sans the pass-catching tight end, Blake Bortles said the biggest area he expects to see Robinson make a leap in 2015 is in the red zone.

"Allen is going to be huge for us, but especially with Julius out," Bortles said, via The Florida Times-Union. "He's going to have to pick up some slack in the red zone. Obviously, he'll get more targets."

Robinson saw just five red-zone targets as a rookie, a number that should increase exponentially in 2015 with Thomas out for a month and Cecil Shorts -- 16 red area targets -- in Houston.

Robinson is primed for a break-out year as the "X" receiver in the Jags' offense. The big-bodied wideout owns the size, body control and hands that make him a solid red-zone target when the field condenses -- that he was only thrown to five times in that area illustrates how anemic Jacksonville's offense was in 2014.