Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson is one of the most polarizing players heading into the 2022 campaign. Robinson arrived in Los Angeles earlier this offseason via a three-year, $46.5 million contract after experiencing career-low numbers in receptions (38), receiving yards (410), and touchdowns (1) as a Chicago Bear last season (qualifiers included). Robinson struggled to gain consistent separation (the league’s second-worst separator at 1.10 yards per target separation, per Fantasy Data). Bears quarterbacks saw a passer rating of just 55.7 when targeting Robinson, via Pro Football Focus.
Robinson was a poor fit for Matt Nagy’s dwindling offense and also appeared disinterested at times.
A much-needed change of scenery is expected to breathe life into Robinson’s career. Expect a resurgent display by the uber-talented Robinson in Los Angeles. Robinson should account for approximately 70 receptions, 850 receiving yards, and six touchdowns in the Rams’ high-octane offense.
You’d be hard-pressed to hand-select a more ideal fit for Robinson’s next chapter than Los Angeles. Playing second-fiddle to last year’s triple-crown winner (NFL leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns) Cooper Kupp should allow Robinson to thrive in one-on-one matchups on the boundary.
Rams head coach Sean McVay is arguably the league’s brightest offensive mind. The Rams aggressively pursued Robinson’s signature in free agency. It’s extremely telling regarding how they feel about Robinson’s outlook. Last year was simply an anomaly in what’s otherwise been a productive career.
Receivers make McVay’s offense tick. The Rams ran an NFL-high 83% of their plays out of 11 personnel (three receivers, one running back, and one tight end) last season, via ESPN Stats & Information. McVay’s vision towards the conclusion of the 2021 campaign included pairing Kupp alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and Robert Woods. There’s room for multiple receivers to eat in this offense.
Woods now plies his trade in Tennessee and Beckham remains a free agent after suffering a torn ACL in the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals. Beckham may eventually join the Rams mid-season, but their current depth is extremely questionable. Fill-in No. 3 receiver Van Jefferson is dealing with a knee injury that’s already ruled him out of Los Angeles’ Thursday opener against the Buffalo Bills, with reports indicating his layoff will extend beyond that. It miscasts Ben Skowronek into an important role opposite Robinson on the outside. Robinson is going to be on the field A LOT for the Rams this season.
Robinson will also encounter the best quarterback he’s ever played alongside in Matthew Stafford. Prior to signing in Los Angeles, Robinson has endured the unfortunate experiences of catching passes from the likes of Christian Hackenberg, Chad Henne, Blake Bortles, Chase Daniel, Andy Dalton, and Nick Foles (not the good version), to name a few. It’s been a revolving door of poor quarterback play for Robinson at both the collegiate and professional levels. Stafford easily clears that bar. Stafford’s presence should inject energy into Robinson’s play. Stafford averaged a healthy 35.3 passing attempts per contest last season. Robinson should be on the receiving end of enough weekly targets to make an immediate impact.
There’s currently nothing standing in the way of Robinson capturing a standout role in the Rams’ high-volume passing attack. Robinson couldn’t have landed in a better destination to revive his career. McVay’s offense will afford Robinson the opportunities necessary to do just that. A productive season is on the horizon.
- Sep 28, 2022
- Sep 28, 2022