Allen Robinson returned home as a pro for the first time. The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver attended Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Penn State.
On Sunday, his Jaguars lost to the Lions, 26-19. He caught only three passes for 18 yards. He did, however, catch a touchdown — a 3-yard slant pass from quarterback Blake Bortles.
Robinson was drafted in 2014 and caught 48 passes for 548 yards in his rookie year. Last season, he was a breakout star. He grabbed 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns.
This year, he is on pace for a 1,000 more, though he isn’t having the success he did a year ago. The team is struggling, too. Though it’s competitive. As it was against the Lions.
He was frustrated Sunday with another close loss.
“At the end of the day, we know how much each other puts into this, so guys are not satisfied with the effort anymore,” he said. “I mean, we do want to come out on the opposite end of this. We’ve been close in the last three games.”
Robinson said his team hasn’t been able to take advantage of its opportunities and that the games have come down to one or two plays. Like Sunday.
“We’ve just got to find a way to get us at the other end of the stick,” he said.
■Note: Ex-U-M quarterback Denard Robinson, now a Jaguars running back, ran the ball three times for 18 yards. He caught one pass for 4 yards.