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Allen Robinson stuns with preseason snags

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) comes down with the catch against New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner (27) during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) comes down with the catch against New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner (27) during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) AP

The NFL preseason officially kicked off on Thursday night with several matchups, the most intriguing of which (for Penn Staters, at least) was between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets.

The game featured seven former Nittany Lions between the two teams, but the alum who stood out the most was young wide receiver Allen Robinson.

The 22-year-old clearly wants to follow up a breakout 2015 season with another stellar year.

Against New York, he pulled in three catches for 80 yards, including these two acrobatic efforts:

Former Penn State defensive tackle Tarow Barney also got a few live minutes in late in the game, after signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Jets in April. He recorded a quarterback hit. Former defensive lineman Deion Barnes also played and recorded two tackles.

All-time Penn State passing leader Christian Hackenberg, on the other hand, still has yet to see a single live snap. Jets starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, backup Geno Smith and third-stringer Blake Bortles all played in Thursday’s game while Hackenberg stood on the sideline. Kicker Sam Ficken was also recently signed to the Jaguars roster but did not get any live reps. He is battling for the starting job with kicker Jason Myers, who went 2 for 2.

The Jets won, 17-13.

Almost 40 former Penn State players will continue preseason play on NFL rosters this weekend.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue

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