The 2021 season was not a kind one to Allen Robinson. He was playing under the franchise tag with the Chicago Bears but had the worst statistical season of his career outside of 2017 when he was injured in Week 1 of the season. Fortunately for Robinson, he was able to join the defending champion Los Angeles Rams in free agency.
Robinson played in only 12 games last season, catching 38 passes for 410 yards and one touchdown. He was coming off of two excellent seasons in which he recorded 1,147 and 1,250 yards, catching 200 catches combined to go with 13 total touchdowns.
It was a disappointing performance as Robinson was heading into free agency on a low note, but he was still able to cash in. Robinson signed a three-year deal with the Rams worth $46.5 million, making him arguably the biggest winner of free agency.
While other players may have signed bigger contracts, Robinson was still able to receive a good amount of money despite his struggles in 2021. He is also seeing a major upgrade at the quarterback position, as he will now be catching passes from Matthew Stafford.
That alone will make it worthwhile for Robinson, as his 1,000-yard seasons have come with Blake Bortles, Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky throwing him the ball. Stafford is multiple tiers ahead of those players, which will greatly benefit Robinson.
Most importantly, Robinson is playing for an excellent coaching staff. He spoke glowingly of head coach Sean McVay and is looking forward to playing for him this season.
“Coach McVay and the offense that he’s put together and offense that these guys run, it’s been a top offense in the league for a reason,” Robinson said this week, via Cameron DaSilva of USA Today. “I truly believe that it’ll bring the best out of me, and I’ll be able to display all the elements of my game.”
Robinson has wide receiver one talent but will be filling the wide receiver two role in Los Angeles. Playing opposite of Cooper Kupp, he will have plenty of opportunities to produce against single coverage, something he likely hasn’t seen much of in recent years.
The style of play that the Rams have is also something that Robinson believes will benefit him. McVay does a good job making adjustments but also allowing his guys to just go out and play on the field.
“It’s his coaching style that truly allows players to play freely and then we just correct off of that,” Robinson said. “So whenever I step onto the field, I’m able to be myself. And if I do mess up something or am wrong here, he’ll correct me and we’ll just keep it pushing. Every time I step on the field, I feel like I can be and play at my best self.”
It certainly sounds like Allen Robinson and the Rams are going to make a good match. He will be relied upon pretty heavily as the team traded Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans and Odell Beckham Jr. remains a free agent as he recovers from ACL surgery.