Allen Robinson focusing on rehab, not free agency

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Continuing his rehab from a torn left ACL remains the focus for Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson. He's letting his agent handle free agency.

That's one of the main things that Robinson told ESPN's Adam Schefter on a podcast released Wednesday. Robinson said he speaks regularly with agent Roosevelt Barnes, but he doesn't want to get bogged down with where he's going to be playing in 2018.

"I try to keep myself in what I would call the eye of the storm," Robinson said. "I know it's a lot going on, but again for me I just try to keep everything as simple for me as possible, letting my agent handle most of the work. Me and him talk a lot; especially this time of year you have to be on the same page with [your agent].

"I'm still doing my rehab stuff, getting better each and every day, so that's my main focus. And I know for my agent it's a big part on him as far as just him handling and weathering everything that's going on. I try to leave as much of the hard work to him as possible.”

The podcast was taped before the Jaguars notified Robinson on Tuesday that they would not be using the franchise tag on him. The team still has exclusive negotiating rights until Monday. If they are unable to reach an agreement by 4 p.m. ET March 14, Robinson would become an unrestricted free agent.

Robinson, who suffered a torn left ACL on the third play of the 2017 season, told Schefter his rehab remains on schedule and that he expects to be cleared with no limitations "well before [training] camp" begins in July.

Robinson, 24, said it was hard for him to watch the Jaguars go 10-6 and reach the AFC Championship Game while he was sidelined and unable to contribute. He had spent part of the offseason training with Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss and felt he was poised to have a big season, like the one he had in 2015 (80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns).

"That's one of the toughest things I ever had to go through," Robinson said. "It was one of those things where I put a lot of work into the offseason last year. I spent some time out in Charlotte training with Randy Moss, so just the amount of work and stuff that I put in down there with him, and him really getting me ready for the season, it's one of those situations where I had never been ready for a season, in my opinion, as much as I was this year.

"Suffering that injury on the third play of the game was tough --- it was really tough on me, actually. But once that did happen, I knew at that point it was going to be a lot going on as far as my future and being some kind of, just, uncertainty of where I will want to be. So I kind of prepared myself for that. Just really keeping my mind mainly focused on getting back, getting to be the player that I am. I know I'm on my way to that and I know I'll be back there soon."

Robinson, whom the Jaguars drafted in the second round in 2014, has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games. Robinson had 48 catches for 548 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie before a foot injury ended his season after 10 games. He had a monster year in 2015 and appeared to be on the cusp of joining the elite list of receivers in the NFL.

However, the Jaguars' offense struggled in 2016, and so did Robinson. He was targeted the same number of times as he was in 2015 (151), but his yardage and touchdown numbers dropped off: 73 catches for 883 yards and six TDs. After leading the NFL with 31 catches of 20 or more yards in 2015, Robinson had just 11 in 2016.

His per-catch average also dropped by 5.4 yards from 2015 to 2016.