Allen Robinson – CHI
The Chicago Bears entered the 2019 season with high expectations to do some big things. They were expected to compete with both the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the NFC North.
Unfortunately, they under-performed and were unable to keep pace with their division foes throughout the year. Chicago finished in third place with a mediocre 8-8 record after having high expectations in September.
Despite having a disappointing season, wide receiver Allen Robinson quietly had one of the best campaigns of his career since he entered the league six years ago.
Robinson had finally cracked 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since his magical 2015 season when he was working together with Blake Bortles in Jacksonville. After that year, he appeared to be a one-hit-wonder, and the production we had seen that year was merely a part of the past.
To our pleasure, Robinson bounced back with a strong effort as he hauled in 98 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. It’s quite impressive how Robinson managed to produce at a high level with such shoddy quarterback play in Chicago. Mitch Trubisky regressed significantly in 2019 and there’s a lot of doubt regarding his future in the Windy City. Chicago even signed Nick Foles from the Jaguars to help bolster their depth at quarterback.
Whether it is Trubisky or Foles, Robinson should be able to replicate the numbers he produced from last year to 2020. The presence of Foles might motivate Trubisky to get his act together and rely on his number one target in Robinson to help him maintain his job. Foles will likely do the same thing to usurp Trubisky and take over as the new captain. Either way, it could be a win-win situation.
Of course there’s also the possibility that both Trubisky and Foles turn out to be complete flops and can’t find any production at all with Robinson. Anything can happen since this is the NFL so nothing is a shoo-in. Regardless, I like Robinson’s chances to blossom and prove that 2019 was not a fluke.
He certainly can do it with sub-par quarterback play considering he has done it before in his career (twice). Robinson is a high-end WR2 with a lot of WR1 upside. He’s worth the risk.