With Super Bowl expectations heavy on their minds, the Chicago Bears will begin preparations in earnest for the 2019 season this week when they report to Bourbonnais for training camp.
As the team arrives in the Chicago suburb, we’re taking a look at 10 of the players that will have the biggest impact on the Bears’ fortunes in the coming year, and today we’re focusing on wide receiver Allen Robinson II.
How 2018 Went for Robinson:
A year after suffering a torn ACL and appearing in only one game for Jacksonville, Robinson had a solid season for the Bears, catching 55 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns.
The numbers weren't quite what he had put up in his first three seasons with the Jaguars, but he quickly became one of Mitchell Trubisky's favorite targets, as he was targeted 94 times in just 13 contests for the Bears.
The Biggest Question He’ll Face:
Realistically, there are two questions Robinson will face when the new season begins. The first is whether he can stay on the field after missing three games a season ago, but the more important question is whether he can get back to the production level that he was at in his second and third seasons with the Jaguars.
That answer will largely depend on Robinson's health and on the advances made by Trubisky in his third pro season. He did target Robinson 94 times last season, but he'll need to improve upon his accuracy if he's going to help the receiver get back into the 65-75 catch range that he was during his prime years in Jacksonville.
The Bears are going to air the ball out a lot again this season, and if Robinson can stay healthy, he is entirely capable of grabbing 70 or more receptions in the 2019 season.
To that end, we'll say he hits that mark, appearing in just about every game and helping Trubisky to bump up his production in the new year.
For more on our examination of the 10 Bears players to watch this season:
7/27 - Offensive lineman Kyle Long
7/26 - Safety Eddie Jackson
7/25 - Wide receiver Anthony Miller
7/25 - Defensive end Akiem Hicks
7/24 – Cornerback Kyle Fuller
7/24 – Tight end Trey Burton