Bears WR Allen Robinson excited to learn new offense in Chicago
For the first time in his career, former Pro Bowl wide receiver Allen Robinson hit the free agent market where he chose to sign with the Chicago Bears. It marks a fresh new opportunity for him to be a featured part of the Bears’ passing game.
This will pair him up with second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who Chicago has made a concerted effort this offseason to add more offensive weapons around him. According to Larry Mayer of Chicagobears.com, Robinson voiced much excitement about the opportunity to play with the 23-year-old in the 2018 season and beyond that.
“It’s been exciting,” Robinson said. “We both have been born into this on the same page as far as learning a new system. I think that’s special in itself because we can just talk about certain things as we go. He’s a young guy and I think that’s really good as well. For me being 24 years old, we both kind of have that eager energy as far as coming into this situation and learning the system.”
There is a chance for Robinson to quickly latch onto the role as the primary receiving option for Trubisky that could help him quickly regain his Pro Bowl form from the 2015 season after missing of last year due to a torn ACL. His breakout 2015 campaign saw him record 80 catches for 1,400 receiving yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns that helped him earn a Pro Bowl selection. He also became the first Jaguars receiver to compile over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season since Jimmy Smith back in 2005.
The 24-year-old did have a notable drop in his production in 2016 where he had 73 catches for 883 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Although it is a decline, it doesn’t diminish his reputation as being a talented wideout that has shown to be a reliable threat in the red zone that also possesses big-play ability. Meanwhile, Trubisky displayed promise in his rookie campaign to become the long-term answer under center
All of this could simply depend on his picks up the offensive playbook under new head coach Matt Nagy while building chemistry with Trubisky over the offseason.