Former local star Robinson comes up big for Jaguars

Mark Long
Associated Press

Jacksonville, Fla. — Two leaping catches over cornerbacks. A quick slant for a touchdown that got tipped at the line of scrimmage. A double move that burned a safety for another score. A diving grab that showed great hands and even better body control.

Former Orchard Lake St. Mary’s star Allen Robinson did it all in Jacksonville’s 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

And it didn’t surprise the Jaguars — or Robinson.

“I expect myself to have big games,” he said.

The second-year pro finished with six receptions for 155 yards and two scores. Five of the catches and both touchdowns came in the first half. The Dolphins paid considerably closer attention to the former Penn State standout after halftime, but the damage was done.

Robinson’s performance was big for the Jaguars (1-1), who avoided their fourth consecutive 0-2 start.

Jacksonville has been searching for a go-to receiver since Jimmy Smith retired following the 2005 season. Reggie Williams, Matt Jones, Mike Sims-Walker, Jerry Porter, Laurent Robinson, Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon all failed to lock down the role.

Robinson might be the one to end the drought.

He was mostly unstoppable throughout organized team activities and training camp. So doing it against the Dolphins (1-1) was just more of the same.

“He was awesome,” quarterback Blake Bortles said. “He has the ability to do that every week. He is a big, physical player with unbelievable playmaking skills. When he sets his mind to it, he can go up and catch any ball.”