ESPN recently ranked all thirty-two team’s number one wide receivers in four tiers and they had the Chicago Bears’ Allen Robinson in their first group.
Robinson was given a hefty deal (3-years/$42 million) by general manager Ryan Pace to be Chicago’s number one receiver even though he’s coming off an ACL tear. He was really good on some bad Jaguars’ teams, averaging 76 receptions, 1,142 yards, and 10 touchdowns in 2015 and 2016 while Jacksonville limped to eight wins during that time.
Robinson’s skill set screams number one guy, but we need to see how he bounces back from his injury. The Bears also added Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton and Anthony Miller to catch passes from Mitchell Trubisky, plus there will be plenty of touches for running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Not to mention returning tight end Adam Shaheen, who figures to be in the plans as well, and this is the most talent Robinson has played with on offense.
ESPN ranked the players based on projected target share percentage, and here’s what they had to say about Robinson.
2018 outlook: The Bears signed veteran Allen Robinson in free agency to be their No. 1 wide receiver. But Robinson, who’ll receive $25.2 million in guarantees from Chicago, is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last year in Week 1. Robinson did not participate in any team drills -- open to the media -- during the Bears’ offseason program, but coach Matt Nagy said on numerous occasions that Robinson will be full-go when the club reports to training camp in July.
His injury happened during week one last year, so by the time camp opens he’ll be a full ten months removed from surgery. The Bears will likely ease him back into things, but being full speed will happen soon enough.
Projected target share: 25 percent. Robinson is the first player on our list who changed teams during the offseason, but there’s no doubt he’s Chicago’s No. 1 wideout after signing a three-year, $42 million contract. The former Jaguar went down with a torn ACL after three snaps last year but ranked top eight in the league in targets in both 2015 and 2016. He handled a 25 percent target share both seasons.
That target share seems a little high to me, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be Chicago’s top targeted wide out if healthy. Tight end Trey Burton may end up their top targeted player, but the two of them will compliment each other in the offense.