Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson
Anthony Miller and Allen Robinson at Chicago Bears camp
No. 12 – Chicago Bears
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-24) August 24, 1993
Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Mary's Preparatory
(Orchard Lake Village, Michigan)
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions: 202
Receiving yards: 2,848
Receiving touchdowns: 22
Player stats at NFL.com

Allen Bernard Robinson II (born August 24, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Early years

Robinson attended St. Mary's Preparatory, where he played football, and, in his senior season, led the Eaglets to the Division 3 state championship game. He was a teammate of former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden.[1]

In addition to football, Robinson was a competitor for the St. Mary's Preparatory track and field team.

Robinson committed to Penn State on November 29, 2010 after being recruited by Penn State assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden.[2] He had also received offers from Minnesota, Buffalo, and Toledo.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Allen Robinson
WR
Detroit, Michigan St. Mary's Preparatory 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Nov 29, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

    College career

    Freshman season

    Robinson appeared in 12 games and caught three passes for 29 yards during his freshman year in 2011 under head coach Joe Paterno. On September 10, 2011, he had one reception for 12 yards, the first of his collegiate career, against Alabama.[3] He made his first career start on the road against Wisconsin in a vital game that would help determine the Big Ten Leaders Division champion.[1] In the game against the Badgers, Robinson would record no statistics.[4]

    Sophomore season

    After losing Justin Brown, who transferred to Oklahoma, Devon Smith, who transferred to Marshall, and Curtis Drake, who was dismissed after a violation of team rules, Robinson was quickly thrust into the spotlight as the team's number one returning wide receiver in 2012 under new head coach Bill O'Brien.[5][6]

    Robinson quickly struck an accord with new coach Bill O'Brien and quarterback Matt McGloin,[7] and subsequently caught nine passes for 97 yards in the team's first game of the year against Ohio on September 1.[8] In the following week, on September 8, he had 10 receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown, the first of his collegiate career, against Virginia.[9] In the first game since Shawney Kersey was dismissed from the team,[10] Robinson responded by catching five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns against Navy.[11] After the game, Penn State assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Stan Hixon remarked, "Obviously he's made a big improvement from the spring, and from the spring we saw that he has potential to be a really good receiver. Each and every day, he's getting better and better at running routes, coming out of routes, and also, a much better job catching the ball in his hands. He has done a good job getting separation in certain routes, like we ask him to do, and he's been a really good student of the game."[12]

    Over the course of the rest of the season, Robinson would churn out some solid efforts statistically. On September 22, he had five receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown against Temple.[13] On October 6, he had nine receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns against Northwestern.[14] On October 20, he had six receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown against Iowa.[15] Robinson set a single season record for most receptions in a season on November 17 as part of an effort in which he finished with 10 receptions, 197 yards, and three touchdowns against Indiana.[16] He surpassed Bobby Engram and O. J. McDuffie, who had each recorded 63 receptions in a season.[17][18]

    In his sophomore season, Robinson totaled 77 receptions for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns.[19]

    Junior season

    Robinson would put together a great junior season in 2013. In Penn State's season opener against Syracuse, Robinson made 11 receptions for 133 receiving yards and caught a touchdown from freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg.[20] For the second consecutive game, Robinson caught seven passes and scored a touchdown in a victory over the Eastern Michigan.[21] The next week, the Nittany Lions suffered their first loss of the season, while Robinson made nine receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown against Central Florida.[22]

    In the fifth game of the regular season at Indiana, Robinson had a season-high 12 receptions for 173 yards, and caught two receiving touchdowns.[23] On October 26, 2013, Robinson tied his season-highs after catching 12 passes for 173 receiving yards and scored a touchdown in a loss to Ohio State.[24] On November 23, 2013, in the penultimate game of his college career, he had eight receptions for 106 yards against Nebraska.[25] In his last career collegiate game, he finished with a total of eight receptions for 122 yards in a victory over Wisconsin.[26] He finished his junior season with a total of 97 receptions for 1,432 receiving yards and 6 touchdown receptions, while starting all 12 regular season games.[27]

    Robinson was named an All-American by The Sporting News[28] and Phil Steele named Robinson to his second-team All-America squad.[29] On January 2, 2014, he announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[30]

    College statistics

    Receiving
    YearTeamGPRecYardsTDs
    2011Penn State113290
    2012Penn State12771,01811
    2013Penn State12971,4326
    College Totals351772,47917

    Professional career

    Coming out of Penn State, Robinson was projected by the majority of analysts and scouts to be a first-to-third round draft selection. NFLDraftScout.com ranked him as the sixth best wide receiver and the 34th overall prospect, while Sports Illustrated ranked him seventh among wide receivers.[31] He was invited to the 2014 NFL Combine and completed the majority of workouts, but elected not to perform the bench press. Robinson participated at Penn State's Pro Day and decided to perform all the drills except the bench and shuttle and was able to improve on all of his combine numbers.[32]

    Pre-draft measurables
    Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
    6 ft 2[33] in
    (1.88 m)
    220 lb
    (100 kg)
    32 in
    (0.81 m)
    9.5 in
    (0.24 m)
    4.60[33] s 1.53 s 2.59 s 4.00 s 7.00 s 39 in
    (0.99 m)
    10 ft 11 in
    (3.33 m)
    All values from NFL Combine

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    2014

    The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Robinson in the second round (61st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was the 11th wide receiver selected and the second receiver drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014, behind Marqise Lee who was selected in the second round (39th overall). In addition, Robinson was one of three Penn State Nittany Lions to be selected that year.[34]

    On June 21, 2014, the Jaguars signed Robinson to a four-year, $3.51 million contract that included $1.17 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $877,718.[35]

    Robinson opened the regular season as the fourth wide receiver behind Marqise Lee, Cecil Shorts, and fellow rookie Allen Hurns.

    In the Jaguars' season opener on September 7, he caught his first career pass from Chad Henne for no gain in a 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.[36] On September 14, he had four receptions for 75 yards against the Washington Redskins.[37] On September 21, 2014, he earned his first career start and caught seven passes for 79 receiving yards in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.[38]

    On October 12, 2014, he caught a season-high eight passes for 68 receiving yards in a 14-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans.[39] The following week, Robinson caught his first touchdown from fellow rookie Blake Bortles during a 24-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns[40] to help the Jacksonville Jaguars end a nine-game losing streak.[41] On October 26, 2014, he had five receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.[42] On November 9, 2014, he had five receptions for 60 yards against the Dallas Cowboys.[43] The game against the Cowboys was Robinson's last game in the 2014 season where he recorded any meaningful statistics due to a stress fracture in his right foot.[44]

    Robinson finished his rookie season with 48 receptions for 548 receiving yards and two touchdowns while starting eight games and playing in ten.

    2015

    The following season, Robinson was named one of the regular season starters, along with fellow second-year player Allen Hurns.

    In the season opener, he caught one pass for 27 yards in a 9-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers.[45] The next game, Robinson caught six passes for a season-high 155 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns during a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins[46] On October 11, he had seven receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[47] In the next game on October 18, he had six receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans.[48] He followed up with a solid performance on October 25, when he had six receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills.[49] On November 8, he had six receptions for 121 yards against the New York Jets.[50] On November 19, he had five receptions for 113 yards against the Tennessee Titans.[51] On December 20, Robinson caught a season-high 10 receptions for 153 yards and a season-high three touchdowns during a 39-42 loss to the Tennessee Titans.[38] On December 27, 2015, he had six receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.[52] In the regular season finale on January 3, 2016, he had five receptions for 108 yards against the Houston Texans.[53]

    Robinson finished his second season with 80 receptions for 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions. He led the Jaguars in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns during the 2015 season and was the first Jaguars' receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2005 to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.[38]

    Robinson was named as a first alternate to the 2016 Pro Bowl and replaced Calvin Johnson, who was unable to participate due to injury.[54] He was ranked 31st by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[55]

    After Robinson and Hurns both had breakout seasons in 2015 with over 60 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards, and 10 touchdown receptions each, they were nicknamed "Thunder and Lightning" and "The Allen Brothers". Both men stand at 6'3", came into the league in 2014, and share the middle name Bernard.

    2016

    Robinson entered the 2016 season with high expectations following his spectacular 2015 campaign. On September 11, 2016, in the Jaguars' season-opener against the Green Bay Packers, Robinson caught six passes for 72 receiving yards in a 23-27 loss.[56] On September 25, he made seven receptions for 57 yards, and caught his first two touchdowns of the season during a 17–19 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.[57] During a Week 10 matchup against AFC South rival Houston, Robinson had a nine receptions, 107 receiving yards, and a touchdown during the 21–24 loss.[58] The victory over the Texans was Robinson's first game of the season eclipsing 100 receiving yards. On Christmas Eve, he bounced back and caught nine passes for a season-high 147 receiving yards in a 38–17 victory over their division rival Tennessee Titans.[59]

    The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the season with a dismal 3-13 record and head coach Gus Bradley was fired after Week 15. Interim head coach Doug Marrone was hired on January 9, 2017.[38] Robinson finished the 2016 season with 73 receptions for 883 yards and six touchdowns.

    2017

    During Week 1 against the Houston Texans, Robinson had one reception for 17 yards but had to leave the game with an apparent knee injury.[60] Hours later, it was confirmed that his left knee was diagnosed with a torn ACL, which prematurely ended his 2017 season.[61] He was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2017.[62]

    2018

    On March 6, 2018, the Jaguars informed Robinson that they would not be using their franchise or transition tag on him.[63]

    Chicago Bears

    On March 14, 2018, Robinson signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Chicago Bears.[64][65]

    Career statistics

    YearTeamGamesReceiving
    GPGSRecYdsAvgLngTD
    2014JAX 1084854811.4542
    2015JAX 1616801,40017.590T14
    2016JAX 16167388312.1426
    2017JAX 1111717.0170
    Total43412022,84814.190T22

    Jaguars franchise records

    • Most receiving touchdowns in a season – 14 (2015)[66]

    Personal life

    Robinson was raised by Tracie and Allen Robinson Sr. and has a sister, Ashley. He was a telecommunications major at Penn State. He has an interest in sportscasting[1] and coaching.

    Robinson appeared in a Season 6 episode of Ink Master along with Tony Jefferson, Khaseem Greene, Keith Pough, Darius Slay, and Kamerion Wimbley.[67]

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