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by Gary Boutwell – LA Rams News | @RamsFansForum | www.laramsfans.com

With the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. to his second ACL injury and the trade of Robert Woods to the Titans, the signing of Allen Robinson was undoubtedly the biggest free-agent signing of the off-season for the Rams. During his time with the Bears, Robinson has been one of the most underappreciated receivers in the NFL. For years he carried the Bears’ offense, generating back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020. Robinson led all NFL wide receivers with 21 games of 70-plus receiving yards during that span.

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In 2021 Robinson struggled to find any rapport with rookie quarterback Justin Fields or Andy Dalton while playing through various injuries. Over a 12-game span, Robinson had 410 receiving yards on 38 catches with one touchdown. Not exactly his best season. Clearly, a change was needed and now with the Rams, he joins a receivers room with Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, and perhaps OBJ… toss in the potential for Tutu Atwell and Jacob Harris to step up, and the Rams appear to be absolutely loaded at wide receiver.

When healthy, Robinson is a difference-making talent who can box out in the red zone and make contested catches. According to Next Gen Stats, Robinson leads the NFL with 140 tight-window targets (less than 1 yard of separation) since 2018, with 51 catches on tight-window targets in that span (third-most).

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On Monday, Cooper Kupp had this to say about Robinson, “His football aptitude is incredible. But his willingness to spend the time here and learning this thing, because he doesn’t just want to know the offense — he wants to understand the offense”. “And there’s a difference between knowing what to do and knowing how to do it. And he wants to know how to do it and how to do it as efficiently as possible, as effectively as possible. So I’ve got a great appreciation for that.”

“I’ve actually watched A-Rob for a while now,” Kupp said. “What he’s been able to do over in Chicago and before in Jacksonville, one of the best competitive catch players. I think that’s probably what he’s known for, is his ability to go up and make plays over people and make those plays. But on the other side of things, his ability to work the middle of the field, to work guys in man-to-man, put his foot in the ground, his releases. What he’s able to do at the top of routes and different things like that. He’s much more nuanced than I think he’s probably known for, and I’m really excited for him to be in this offense, to be able to kind of put that stuff to use.”

In their offseason wide receiver rankings, PPF has Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson listed in their top 25. If the Rams are able to bring back Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson continues his development, the Rams receivers’ room will be as good as any in the NFL.

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