Q: Which Jaguars rookie receiver will have a better season, Marqise Lee or Allen Robinson?
Jaguars.com writer John Oehser: The first thing to note here is it’s unfair to expect either player to be close this season to what he will be in a year or two. No matter the expectations, hype or even the talent level, rookies need time and maturity to develop. That’s particularly true at the receiver position. Still, to answer your question – and, after all, that’s why you asked – I’d project Robinson to have the better rookie season. During the brief time he was on the field in the offseason he appeared to have natural hands, and his size could give him a tool to be effective immediately as a rookie while he learns the nuances and subtleties of the position. Lee has the potential to be a dynamic, big-play receiver, something that could take a bit longer to develop without Robinson’s size.
Lee has been working as the starting Z receiver while Cecil Shorts has been practicing as the starting X receiver. Robinson was learning the X position before injuring his hamstring. In terms of projected snaps, it appears that Lee is currently ahead of Robinson, so he'd be our choice to have the more productive rookie season.