Two years together was all it took for the Jacksonville Jaguars' trio of Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to become one of the NFL's best. The three came into the league together in 2014 and have become stars at their respective positions of quarterback and wide receiver.
ESPN's Bill Barnwell ranked each NFL team's offensive triplets, from the last-ranked Cleveland Browns that includes Robert Griffin III to the top-ranked Pittsburgh Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
Bortles and the two Allens came in at No. 9, which is impressive because of their short time in the league. But the three Jaguars have accomplished a lot in that brief span.
The third overall pick in the 2014 draft, Bortles was unquestionably brought in to become the franchise quarterback the Jaguars have longed for. The former UCF quarterback faced a learning curve his rookie year and struggled after being thrown into the fire, starting 13 games. Bortles threw for almost 3,000 yards but was careless at times, throwing 17 interceptions and 11 touchdowns.
Bortles' sophomore campaign showed he had the potential to become one of the league's best. In only his second year, Bortles ranked seventh in passing, throwing for 4,428 yards, finishing just behind Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning. The former Knight connected on 35 touchdown passes, which tied him for second in the league with proven veterans such as Cam Newton and Carson Palmer.
Entering his third season, Bortles has plenty of room to improve, especially with decision making. He led the league in interceptions a year ago with 18.
The Jaguars selected Robinson in the second round of the 2014 draft. After a stellar career at Penn State, Robinson quickly became one of the best receivers in the league, especially for jump balls and scoring.
Robinson turned in a respectable rookie season in which he played in ten games. He tallied 548 yards and two touchdowns, while starting in eight contests. The former Nittany Lion showed a massive jump in production in his second year while showcasing his potential for stardom.
Robinson's 1,400 yards were good for sixth in the NFL, ranking just behind the highly lauded Odell Beckham Jr. While he ranked in the top ten in yardage, Robinson found his niche in the end zone, tying for first with 14 receiving touchdowns. He was tied with Doug Baldwin and Brandon Marshall, who are entering their sixth and eleventh seasons respectively.
The biggest surprise of the three may be former Miami Hurricane Allen Hurns, who went undrafted in 2014. While the third-year receiver may not have had the hype of Bortles or Robinson, Hurns has impressed on the field, performing well enough to earn a major contract extension worth $40 million over four years.
Hurns earned the payday after two years of solid production. Playing in all 16 games as a rookie, Hurns posted nearly 700 yards while scoring six times. Much like Bortles and Robinson, Hurns made a leap in production in his second season, both in yardage and scoring. In 15 games, Hurns tallied 1,031 yards and reached pay dirt 10 times, good for tenth in the NFL along with Antonio Brown and A.J. Green.
The trio should continue to gain hype and notoriety, especially because all are young in their careers and in age--Bortles and Hurns are 24 while Robinson is the baby of the bunch at 22 years old. The Jaguars triplet has gained the respect of the league, with each member ranking in NFL Network's Top 100 for 2016, which is voted on by NFL players.
Robinson ranked highest among the three at No. 31, while Bortles and Hurns were ranked 56th and 89th respectively.
Entering their third year, the Jaguars offensive juggernaut looks to improve on its prior success and has plenty of time to improve. And if the first two seasons are any indication, Jaguars fans can expect more fireworks and higher top 100 rankings for Bortles and the Allens.