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Jaguars Training Camp: Receivers Struggling Early

For the Jacksonville Jaguars, success in 2012 will hinge in large part on how well second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert plays. The former Missouri Tiger will need plenty of help from his receivers. Gabbert has done his part through the early portion of training camp, but head coach Mike Mularkey is chiding his pass catchers to hold up their end of the bargain.

Mularkley told the Florida Times-Union over the weekend that the receivers had to do more:

"We've got to do a better job. We've got to make more catches. We've had plenty of opportunities to make some catches down the field, and we've got to make them. It's hard to get the ball deep and accurate and catchable and then not make them. We need to start doing that [making them]. One thing that's come out of the first couple of days is that we're not making the plays that are there."

First-round pick Justin Blackmon missed all of camp so far as he and the team hammer out a contract, a process delayed because of his DUI arrest in Oklahoma this summer.

Free agent acquisition Laurent Robinson has been on the field with the team, but has struggled. Mularkey wondered openly whether or not the veteran receiver was "pressing" in camp, but expressed confidence that he would work through his struggles.

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