Allen Robinson was an excellent wide receiver for the Chicago Bears from 2018 to 2020. His fans were fully behind him and wanted him to stay for a long time. But the ongoing contract dispute with the front office made matters worse. That alone didn’t make people very angry. No, the quick turnaround on the field did that. Little managed 410 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. People blamed the quarterbacks, but anyone watching could see Robinson checking out. He wasn’t aggressively running routes. He gave half-hearted blocks and never fought for the ball.
By the end of the season, the fans were tired of him. His exit in free agency was met with whispers. When Robinson signed with the Los Angeles Rams in the spring, everyone thought this was it. People will finally see the real thing. He wants to play with a Pro Bowl quarterback fresh off a Super Bowl title in Matthew Stafford. Robinson burns the field.
Then the season opener happened. It was ugly. The receiver was inactive all night, catching one pass for 12 yards. The road running still seemed slow, and the effort wasn’t 100%. This was never more evident than during the final offensive play of the night. Stafford throws the ball to him in the end zone on 4th and 14. Robinson makes no effort to catch him.
Stafford wasn’t happy, “He didn’t go and get the ball,” he yelled on the field with the team’s head coach, Sean McVay.
Allen Robinson hopes for better.
Stafford already has a favorite target in the Cooper Cup. Most people assumed he would be the obvious #2 option. That’s not a sure thing now. Van Jefferson had over 800 yards last year and will soon return from injury. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Rams are still in talks with Odell Beckham Jr. about a potential reunion in the near future. If Robinson isn’t careful, he can isolate himself in that offense.
It’s a long season. There is still time for him to sit down. It was interesting to see how similar he is to the player who walked Chicago last season. Maybe Bears fans weren’t crazy about their accusations. The Rams play Atlanta next week. That figure gives pause. After that are road games against Arizona and San Francisco. Rams can find themselves in an awkward hole if they’re not careful.
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