If the Bears offense is going to be successful this season, Mitch Trubisky is going to need Allen Robinson to be his go-to wide receiver.
The Chicago Bears are counting on Mitch Trubisky to take a giant step forward this year. If that’s going to happen, the young quarterback is going to need excellent play out of his wide receivers. A healthy Allen Robinson is Trubisky’s best shot at developing a real Pro Bowl caliber wideout.
The good news for Trubisky and the Bears is that Robinson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last September. Coach Matt Nagy said his free agent signing is “ahead of the game” when it comes to his return from injury. Nagy won’t rush Robinson to come back too soon, but he’s also pleased with the receiver’s attention to detail in meetings.
Robinson’s potential impact on the Bears offense can’t be overstated. The team is still short on talent at the skill positions. Robinson will be expected to lead a receiving group that includes Kevin White, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller.
White’s been a massive disappointment since he was drafted in the first round back in 2015. It’s highly unlikely that 2018 will be the season he puts everything together. Gabriel had his moments with the Falcons, but he is better suited to play the slot. Miller could eventually grow into an above average starter, but he’ll need some time to adjust to life in the NFL.
The Bears hope they will get the Allen Robinson of 2015 in 2018. That was the receiver’s best year as a pro. He led the Jaguars offense with 80 catches and 1400 yards receiving that year. Chicago would be happy with anything near that level of production.
The first step, of course, will be to get Robinson on the practice field with his new teammates. Handing a big free agent deal to an injured player is always a risk, but the Bears seem confident this one will pay off. The news that Allen Robinson’s rehab is ahead of schedule is great news for everyone associated with the Bears offense.