Bears' Allen Robinson Setting His Bar High

August 27, 2018 - 3:52 pm

(670 The Score) There's Pro Bowl production to the name of receiver Allen Robinson that inspires confidence for his time with the Bears. There's comfort in those numbers but certainly not complacency. 

Before suffering the torn ACL last September while with the Jaguars, Robinson had posted a combined 153 receptions for 2,283 yards and 20 touchdowns the previous two seasons. Each of those categories put him in a class among the top wide receivers in football at a very young age.

Robinson has since overcome the knee injury, reaching full health as the top target for the Bears. He got back on the field this spring and was making decisive cuts in his routes by the summer. From there, the goals grew.

"Each and every week, it gets better and better and better as far as how I'm improving with my initial game," Robinson said. "At the end of the day, I'm not trying to get back to where I was. I'm trying to be better than that. So, that's a constant work in itself."

The Bears signed Robinson to a three-year deal worth up to $45 million this offseason, which was a price point that reflected his performance prior to the injury balanced with the risk of signing a player still rehabbing. Robinson just turned 25 last Friday and figures to have plenty of prime ahead.

To this point, now less than two weeks removed from the regular-season opener, Robinson has accomplished what he needed this offseason. He and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky established a strong rapport early on and have since taken that to the field.

Robinson's locker at Halas Hall is located directly next to Trubisky's in the far corner of the dressing room. 

"Really, the more time we can spend together, the more trust we’re going to have on the field," Trubisky said. "And when you build that trust and that chemistry, it really just comes down to timing and me putting the ball in the right spot and him going up and doing what he does and making plays. 

"He loves football. He’s hungry to be great and he’s a very driven individual. That motivates me to get him the ball and have everything I’m doing together as well. So, I better be on top of my 'A' game because I know he’s bringing it every day, too."

Added Robinson: "(We are) always talking football and always seeing things through the same set of eyes."

The 6-foot-3 frame and talents of Robinson can propel him to success this season, but the timing with Trubisky is ultimately what will foster the kind of production he strives for. Coach Matt Nagy has installed an offense that requires crisp routes and precise work from the quarterback and receivers. 

Robinson realized that right away as he arrived in Chicago and began working with Trubisky. They could sense the drive in each other instantly and understood the importance one has for the other. Trubisky faced the task of mastering Nagy's offense while Robinson had to get himself healthy and aligned with Trubisky.

Having pushed aside his setback, Robinson has his sights set on being better than before.

"I don't just play the game to play the game," he said. "I play the game to be great at it. Each and every day, I'm always trying to improve my game. I think that's the most important thing. Every day I come out to that grass, I try to improve on something I can get better on from the day before."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.