Denard Robinson Fighting Through Ball Security Issues

By Joey Farbo
Jacksonville Jaguars Denard Robinson
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If there has been one noticeable difference in the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars over the first three days of training camp, it is that the team has more speed than ever before.

However, one of the exciting rookies that the Jaguars hope can contribute to an explosive offense in 2013, the aptly named “offensive weapon” Denard Robinson, is having problems holding on to the football in practice.

Although Robinson was primarily a runner from the quarterback position in college, he is undergoing a position change in which he is being asked to receive hand offs and catch passes out of the backfield. While the Jaguars are hopeful that Robinson can be a major contributor on offense in 2013, they also need to be confident that he is not going to put the football on the ground when they give it to him.

It is way too early to push the panic button on Robinson and he understands that if he wants a role on the offense he needs to earn the trust of the Jaguars coaching staff. Remember that Robinson was a fifth-round draft pick and not many guys taken that late in the draft are expected to be immediate contributors.

“It’s hard to get on the field if you can’t protect the ball when one of our major deals of this organization is it’s all about the ball,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said after practice on Sunday.

Still Jaguars fans are excited about the explosive, big-play dimension that Robinson and fellow rookie Ace Sanders can add to this offense moving forward.

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