JACKSONVILLE – Cam Robinson's focus is now clear.
A long offseason is over, and he is recovered from the December knee injury that ended his 2022 season. And although he must wait longer than is ideal before playing a regular-season game, the Jaguars' veteran left tackle has a plan.
"I know what I've got to do, and I know what I've got down the road," Robinson said Thursday following the second day of practice at Jaguars 2023 Training Camp at the Miller Electric Center. "I just have to work to get back to where I need to be."
Robinson, the Jaguars' starting left tackle since 2017, will miss the first four games of the 2023 regular season under NFL suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Robinson said he learned of the potential violation in January, with the NFL announcing the suspension in late June.
"It was a long time coming," Robinson said. "Really, really nerve-wracking - probably the most nerve-wracking offseason I've had."
Robinson, too, said the violation occurred in early January before he began rehabilitating the knee injury that ended his 2022 season last December.
"I was still on crutches," he said. "I wasn't even walking around, but it was something I knowingly put into my system. I take full responsibility for it. I just have to be more careful and be more cautious about what I'm putting into my system. I knew that beforehand. Me being a veteran, I just have to be more cautious and be more careful."
Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Walker Little likely will get most of the first-team repetitions at left tackle during camp. Little, a third-year veteran, played in Robinson's place the last three regular-season games and two postseason games last season after Robinson sustained a season-ending knee injury.
Robinson under NFL rules may practice during training camp and play in the preseason, with his suspension beginning Week 1 of the regular season.
"We have a plan," Robinson said. "I met with Doug. I met with [offensive line coach] Phil [Rauscher] and we have a plan. We're working on just kind of following those steps. It's a great plan. It's a good plan and we're kind of taking it step by step and kind of just approaching things the best way we can."
Robinson, who called the health of his knee "amazing" and said the rehabilitation "wasn't too bad," said he expects his primary focus during his suspension to be mental.
"We actually have a really good plan for that, too – just to try to keep me locked in as mentally as much as I can be," he said. "That's probably the most important part. Guys are going to be four weeks in mentally, so just trying to stay plugged in mentally as well as physically [is important]."
- Robinson had high praise Thursday for rookie right tackle Anton Harrison, the No. 27 overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. Harrison worked at right tackle throughout the offseason and has worked there with the first team early in camp, with Robinson on Thursday comparing Harrison favorably to Jawaan Taylor – the Jaguars' starting right tackle from 2019-2022 who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs this past March. "He reminds me so much of Jawaan, it's crazy," Robinson said of Harrison. "They're both really athletic and they both have really, really good feet – really quick feet. They both have really twitchy movements and move really well. They move like guys half their size, honestly. I like to think of myself as a pretty good athlete and those guys are really athletic." Added Robinson of Harrison: "He'll step in for us. There will be growing pains. He's a young guy. But he'll get past those and he'll be a great player for us."
- Tight end Evan Engram on a Jaguars receiving corps that includes Engram and wide receivers Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones and Christian Kirk: "It's pick your poison, honestly – and the best thing about it is there's no selfishness involved. Everybody's just at the point where they want to win. Adding Calvin to the mix … he's a generational talent. It's an interesting dynamic because all the talent we have, we appreciate the talent around us, too. We don't take for granted the opportunity. We don't take for granted the talent around us. We understand the work that has to be put in for us to be successful."
- Ridley, acquired in a trade last November from the Atlanta Falcons, on fans in Jacksonville: "Duval fans are great. I live here now. I go out. I go eat dinner. I go take my daughter to the trampoline park and my face is well known. I really appreciate all the fans. I try to take pictures with everyone and everything just to show the love back. I really appreciate all the fans recognizing me and my family and respecting us and making us feel at home. it's great."
Check out the Jaguars defense in these photos from the second day of the Jaguars 2023 Training Camp.