Allen Robinson hasn’t stepped onto the practice field yet, but he has had an up-close look at Mitch Trubisky and sees something in his quarterback he believes you don’t often get in NFL signal callers.
“He can make any throw on the field, and he’s an athletic dude. You don’t really get that combination at the quarterback that much,” Robinson said in an interview with the Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins Show on 670 The Score.
Trubisky didn’t get enough opportunities to show off his arm and athleticism during his rookie season. At least, not by our standards. But when he did, Trubisky had his share of “wow” moments.
- That 70-yard bomb to Tarik Cohen was awesome.
- His sideline deep ball touchdown to Josh Bellamy was a beauty.
- A 45-yard strike to Tre McBride III (remember him?) gets overlooked in a loss, but the throw was on the money.
- And the overtime connection with Kendall Wright on third down that set up a Connor Barth game-winning field goal probably represents the first “Ohhhh!” moment in Trubisky’s young career.
It’s not that Trubisky can’t make plays. He clearly has the athleticism and arm talent to do so. It’s just that he wasn’t asked to do so often. Trubisky will certainly get those opportunities in a new-look offense that will be orchestrated by Matt Nagy and feature a slew of new pass-catchers brought on board with the idea of getting the most out of the quarterback who is believed to be a franchise leader.
Robinson happens to be the new pass-catcher with the highest profile. He has an 80-catch, 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown season under his belt that led to a Pro Bowl season and put him on the map. Even his “down” year (73 catches, 883 yards, 6 touchdowns) was quite productive. Now, Robinson finds himself in the midst of a rehab assignment after missing all but three plays of the 2017 season with a torn ACL.
The 24-year-old receiver has yet to practice with the team, but that’s not a big deal right now. Robinson prioritized his rehab in the offseason, declared his ACL injury to be a non-issue, and has long believed he will be cleared for training camp. To their credit, the Bears have no interest in rushing him back. And they shouldn’t. Nagy has said Robinson is “ahead of the game” as far as rehab is concerned and recently quipped that he (as well as Leonard Floyd) are chomping (or champing, whichever you prefer) at the bit to get it going.
Robinson told 670 The Score that being available for the first practice of training camp is a realistic goal.
“I’m trusting our training staff as far as how they want me to take this process, but everything else is going as planned,” Robinson said. “I understand the patience from our staff as far as why they’re (being cautious). As far as me, it’s one of those things where I trust their process. Everything has worked throughout, so we may as well progress how we have been.”
After whiffing on several high-profile free agents in his first three offseasons, Bears GM Ryan Pace finally landed the big fish when he signed Robinson Because of his talent level, upside, and overall importance to the team, don’t expect Robinson to be on the field before it’s necessary.
For more from Robinson, you can check out his entire interview here: