Jacksonville and Tampa Bay held joint practices yesterday and from the sounds of it, things got a little feisty with a series of skirmishes between opposing players. You had the usual pushing and shoving between offensive and defensive lineman, jawing between Malik Jackson and Mike Evans, and Jags receiver Arrelious Benn threw a punch at Bucs linebacker Adarius Glanton.
But the biggest shot of the day was the one that Jacksonville wideout Allen Robinson landed. And it was caught on camera. Let me set this one up. Robinson is going up against Tampa corner Robert McClain in one-on-one coverage down the sideline. Blake Bortles drops back to pass and then the magic happens. Roll it.
In case you couldn’t tell from the audio, Bortles chucked the ball out of bounds; Robinson still tried to make a play on it, and ended up crashing into a guy standing on the sideline. And then had this to say.
“Bleepin keep the bleep in bounds, bro. Bleep.”
Expletive, two words, expletive, three words, expletive. You know it’s not a great sign when your receiver says eight words after a pass and three of them are expletives. And none of them are encouraging. I’m going to go ahead and say that’s probably not the first time that Robinson has said something like that after a Blake Bortles pass. And it probably won’t be the last time either.
And I get it. I feel for Robinson. That’s a guy who can flat out ball. 80 receptions, 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. And if you forgot what he can do, throw in tape of his catch against Michigan back when he was balling for Penn State. And if you can’t find that on YouTube, check his torso, because he has that catch inked on his ribcage. In other words, just get the ball near him and he can do the rest. Except Blake can’t even do that.
Which is why that reaction from Robinson isn’t about anger or rage, it sounds more like just resignation. Like its mid-August and the season is already over. I’m not saying that Robinson is throwing in the towel already, but I can’t say I’d blame him if he did. Knowing him, I’m guessing he put in a ton of work in the off-season, working on his game, getting into peak physical condition, knowing that that the team had made some moves and had started to acquire some talent on offense and defense. He probably came to camp this year, looked around and saw guys like Leonard Fournette, Calais Campbell, and Malik Jackson, the list goes on. Robinson saw that and probably thought, we might have something special here. Then he looks at the front office and the coaching staff and sees that they brought back Tom Coughlin to bring a level of discipline to everything, and if you’re Robinson, you’re starting to get a little excited. Maybe they CAN turn this thing around. To go from being a team that made you laugh to a team that can make some noise. And if the breaks go there way, maybe they can even make a run at the playoffs.
And then you remember who’s under center, one Robby Blake Bortles. And then it all falls apart. Because all the drafting, all the moves in free agency, all the training in the offseason doesn’t matter if ol Blake is slinging it the way that Blake slings it. You can have all the weapons you want, but they can’t do anything if you don’t have a quarterback who can “Bleepin keep the bleep in bounds, bro. Bleep.”
And barring a miracle, Jacksonville doesn’t have a quarterback who can “Bleepin keep the bleep in bounds, bro. Bleep.” HAVE FUN WITH IT, ALLEN. I KNOW YOU WON’T.