4. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
Just looking at Allen Robinson‘s numbers from last year, you’d think he had a bad season. But Robinson played well and is still one of the very best wide receivers in the division. Mitch Trubisky spread the ball around to multiple receivers last year. Three players had more than 90 targets, and six players had at least 20 receptions.
But Robinson led the way, catching 55 of 94 targets for a team-high 754 yards and four touchdowns, and he did so despite missing three games. Robinson proved with the Jacksonville Jaguars that he can dominate as the number one wide receiver. He led the Jaguars with 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns back in 2015. But the ball will continue to be spread around in Matt Nagy’s offense, which limits Robinson’s targets somewhat.
But this isn’t a question about which wide receiver gets the most targets. Robinson still gets plenty of passes thrown his way. This is about ranking the best wide receivers in the NFC North, and Robinson is.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the Bears plan to get the ball to Robinson more this season. For the Bears offense to take the next step, they might need Robinson to become the go-to receiver for Trubisky with more targets. As he’s proven, Robinson can go way past 1,000 yards when he has more targets.