Bears’ top wide receiver Allen Robinson still representing Detroit

By Matt Schoch
The Detroit News
Allen Robinson

Allen Park – The man with “Detroit vs Everybody” in his Twitter profile is taking on Detroit on Sunday.

Taking on the home team is nothing new for Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, who followed up a stellar career at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s with a tremendous three-year run at Penn State.

Now in his sixth NFL season, Southfield’s Robinson is his team’s leading wide receiver for the fourth time, excluding only his rookie campaign in Jacksonville and another where a knee injury on the third play of the season ended his year.

"He makes tough catches," Lions cornerback Darius Slay said. "Good down the field now, it looks like he's coming off his ACL three years ago with good form. Got back healthy, the way he needed to be."

With 71 passes thrown his way, Robinson has been targeted more than double any other Chicago wide receiver. His coach said that reliability and consistency reflects what Robinson shows daily, not just on game day.

“I’ve been really impressed with the way that he handles himself every single day,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “No practice is ever different, no game that he plays is ever different, it’s always the same, and that’s 110% all the time.”

Allen Robinson with Orchard Lake St. Mary in 2011.

Robinson came to the Bears in 2018 along with Nagy, who tutored under Andy Reid in running Kansas City’s offense.

Both have been tasked with helping quarterback Mitchell Trubisky fulfill his potential as a potent pass-run weapon for the Bears (3-5).

While Trubisky made the Pro Bowl last season at 12-4, Chicago and its quarterback have regressed as of late in a four-game losing streak.

Still, Robinson is on track to become Chicago’s first 1,000-yard receiver since 2014, and with 47 catches at the halfway point, could become the fourth different Chicago player with 100 catches.

“I think the trust level that (Trubisky) has with those skill guys – Robinson, he’ll put the ball up and usually Robinson comes down with it,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “He makes those big plays.”

One of those big plays is memorialized on his torso, as Robinson has a scene of a 2013 catch he made against Michigan in a four-overtime win tatted from his chest to near his hip.

Robinson made two trips to Ford Field in the Michigan high school state championships with St. Mary’s under coach George Porritt.

However, Michigan State wanted to convert Robinson to defensive back, while Michigan did not recruit the three-star prospect.

A second-round pick in 2014 by Jacksonville, Robinson was the Big Ten’s leading receiver for two seasons while catching passes alongside Detroit tight end Jesse James from quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Christian Hackenberg. Robinson is trying to provide a safety valve for a developing quarterback again.

“He can care less about stats, he just wants to win,” Nagy said. “He wants to do everything he can on his end to win his one-on-one battle and he does that a lot.”

Matt Schoch is a freelance writer.