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Moving Allen Robinson around resulted in his big game against Titans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson had his best game of the season because he did something he hasn’t done before: move around.

Interim head coach Doug Marrone said the Jaguars had Robinson line up as the team’s Z receiver (on the same side as the tight end and off the line of scrimmage) at times for the first time this season. That allowed Robinson to get more of a free release off the line of scrimmage and created more space for him, especially in the middle of the field.

The result? Robinson tied his season high with nine catches and set a season high with 147 yards in the Jaguars’ 38-17 victory over Tennessee last Saturday. Robinson is normally the Jaguars' X receiver, meaning he lines up on the weak side of the formation on the line of scrimmage.

"I told him early in the week, ‘We’re going to try to move you to Z, a little bit with that position. Some different coverage aspects that they can play to the field,’" Marrone said on a conference call on Monday afternoon. "I thought he was outstanding. Sometimes [with] receivers, you have to be careful; they don’t want to move [because of their] comfort level. He was great.

"I just told him, ‘Hey, go out there. We have a pretty good matchup. We’re going to go to you. We expect you to win and we’re going to do everything we can to put you in that position.’"

Robinson had six catches for 103 yards in the first half, when the Jaguars outgained the Titans 263-97 and led 19-7. That included a season-long 37-yard reception on the Jaguars’ final drive of the first half, which they capped with Jason Myers’ 48-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Robinson, who was not at his locker during postgame open locker room, had three catches of more than 20 yards against the Titans -- 37, 28 and 21 yards -- after having just seven catches of 20 or more yards in the Jaguars’ first 14 games.

"I was telling somebody earlier that of the 2 or 3 inches we seem to be missing on all season, it kind of came together [against Tennessee]," quarterback Blake Bortles said. "He made some unbelievable plays, had some unbelievable releases at the line to get open and get off of press coverage and did a really good job. So it felt good for him. I was really excited for him to have a big day."

In addition to a big day, it also was Robinson’s most efficient day of the season. Through the first 14 games Robinson had caught just 47.2 percent of his targets, and that’s one of the things that prompted a meeting between Robinson, Bortles and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett earlier this month.

Robinson had nine catches on 12 targets against the Titans.

"We did try to make an effort during the week to get a couple of extra throws in, to get a couple individual-type sessions during the week with those two, just trying to keep that communication going that you’ve reported during the year," Marrone said. "We just wanted to be able to build on that and really keep working at that comfort level. Maybe the extra work paid off."