Jaguars WR Allen Robinson's big-play ability catches Patriots' attention

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If you're a fantasy football owner and you played Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson last week, the reward was sweet. Robinson finished with six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

Much of the damage Robinson inflicted on the Dolphins came early in the game.

On the Jaguars' first drive, he snared a 36-yard heave from quarterback Blake Bortles in a jump-ball type situation with cornerback Brent Grimes.

On the second drive, he surged up the left sideline and showed good ball skills to haul in a 52-yard reception with cornerback Brice McCain running stride for stride with him.

Then on the Jaguars' fourth drive, he displayed polished route-running skills and took advantage of poor safety play in the deep third of the field, getting behind the defense for a 46-yard touchdown.

That three-play sequence, accounting for 134 of his 155 receiving yards, highlights how Robinson can pick up yards in a hurry. He's caught the attention of the New England Patriots' secondary leading into Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium.

"That's definitely a focus for us; we can't just let the ball over our heads," safety Devin McCourty said Thursday. "I thought that's what really got them going offensively; the plays over the top were huge, especially to Robinson down the field. He was able to make some catches where two guys were all over him, or a guy was all over him. So it's not just being there, we have to go up and make plays too on the ball. They've shown they'll throw it and give him a chance."

One reason the Jaguars do that is because Robinson has a 42-inch vertical leap.

Five things to know about Robinson:

  • He was a 2014 second-round draft pick of the Jaguars out of Penn State, 61st overall. He declared for the draft after his junior season.

  • He was the first player in Penn State history to register multiple 60-catch seasons.

  • He's 6-foot-3, 210 pounds.

  • He had 48 catches for 548 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, missing the last six games with a foot injury.

  • He ranked tied for first among rookies in receptions at the time of his injury and fourth in receiving yards.