I love it when a plan comes together, don’t you?
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is set to make his debut with the team in Saturday’s preseason bout against the Denver Broncos. At least, that’s what the plan is as of right now: “It’s something I’m ready for and excited for,” Robinson said, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s been awhile. I’ve put the work in every day, trying to get better and perfect my craft.”
Robinson is excited. We’re excited. And I bet Mitch Trubisky is excited, too.
The Bears’ biggest offseason expenditures came in trying to revitalize one of the NFL’s worst wide receivers groups, and Robinson’s arrival as the team’s projected WR1 is at the top of the list of changes. Robinson put in a ton of offseason work to prepare for his new team, going as far as to step away from free agency related things to focus on his rehab while his agent handled business matters. The hard work appears to have paid off for Robinson, who returned to the practice field in late May and declared he was 100 percent healthy in July. There is certainly a buzz building around Robinson’s return and the optimism surrounding his potential in this offense is unavoidable. And since we know Robinson has had his eyes on Matt Nagy’s offense for some time, there is reason enough for him to be as excited as we are.
How much Robinson plays on Saturday is still to be determined. Robinson himself cautioned “we’ll see how the week goes” as the team heads into joint practices with the Broncos. But if Robinson has a good week of practice, it should be all systems go for the 2015 Pro Bowl wideout. From there, perhaps we’ll see something that better represents what the 2018 Bears offense will look like instead of a disjointed eight-play cameo.