Free agency contract: 3 years, $46.5 million, $30.25 million insured
If the Rams thought they could trade Allen Robinson directly for Odell Beckham Jr. (who remained a free agent after ripping his ACL in the Super Bowl) this offseason, five weeks later it didn’t work out. Beckham was one of the most explosive players in the entire league early in his career and showed some of that potential while getting his career off the ground last season in Los Angeles. A receiver, but not an explosive playmaker that created a ton of separations.
According to Next Gen Stats, between 2018 and 2021, Robinson amassed a league-high 140 tight window targets (less than 1 yard of target separation), and 3 on 51 receptions on tight window throws in that period. was ranked first. In his first five games with the Rams, Robinson was just six tight in his window.He had a target and had zero receptions on those throws. It doesn’t help that Matthew Stafford is currently one of the worst tight window passers in the NFL. He completed his 7 of his 26 pass attempts into Tight’s window, with his 26.9 completion percentage.
Sean McVay has been able to hide player imperfections in the past, but increasing player productivity can be limited (see Jared Goff). To stay on top of the NFL, teams need to have great talent. Now Robinson is not. Through five games, he has 12 receptions on 23 targets for 107 yards (8.9 yards per catch) and one touchdown. Defenders found they could counter Robinson and essentially keep him out of play. This is a serious problem for his one-dimensional offense, where he ranks 29th in scoring and 26th in total yards.