Bears: Where does Allen Robinson II rank among active NFL wide receivers?
Allen Robinson is having the best season for a Bears receiver since Brandon Marshall in 2013. For a team that has struggled at receiver in recent years, Robinson has been a godsend for the Bears. After a solid 2018, the 26-year-old has had a breakout season, eclipsing 1,000 yards for the first time since 2015.
But, the NFL is full of talent at wide receiver so where does Robinson rank among his peers? Through 14 games this season, Robinson has compiled a career-high 83 catches (10th) for 1,023 receiving yards (10th) and seven receiving touchdowns (12th).
However, being the Bear’s only true weapon at receiver, Robinson has had a lot of balls thrown his way. Robinson’s 130 targets are the 5th most in the NFL but his catch rating of 63.8 percent leaves much to be desired. For reference, eighty-three catches on 130 targets puts the Bears star all the way at 125th in the NFL in catch rate.
With no other receiver on the Bears roster getting over 82 targets for the season, it’s clear that the former Jacksonville Jaguar benefits from being the clear No. 1 option for Chicago. But on the other hand, quarterback play also has an effect on receiver production and Robinson does not have the best of help in this department.
Mitchell Trubisky has regressed from last year and while good receivers can make an average quarterback look great, the opposite can also be true. Receivers like Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins have obviously benefitted from strong quarterback play from their respective teams. While Trubisky was a Pro Bowler last season, the same cannot be said about 2019.
It’s pretty clear to most that Robinson isn’t on the same tier as Jones, Hopkins, and Thomas. I’d also put the sixth-year pro behind players like Mike Evans, Julian Edelman, Davante Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., and Amari Cooper. As far as comparing Robinson to any other receiver, an argument can be made that he is at least on their same level.
At best, Robinson would rank around 10th best wideout in the NFL but more realistically, the Bears star seems to fit in around the 15 range. He is definitely underrated and doesn’t get enough credit for the productive season he is currently having, though.
Robinson showed in 2015 with the Jaguars that he has the talent to be a top-tier receiver in the NFL. While an injury in 2017 halted his rise to stardom, the former Penn State star is only 26-years-old and still has room to grow.