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Robinson determined in final stretch


After a week off, receiver Allen Robinson II is ready for the final stretch of the season.

Robinson used his time off to let his body heal from the first 10 weeks of the season. The bye week also served as a chance for the team to regroup after a four-game losing streak knocked the Bears from the top spot in the NFC North to a 5-5 record.

"It's the NFL," said Robinson. "I've been in this league for seven years. I don't think there's been a time where players or teams haven't been frustrated at some point with something. It was good to get the time off to get the body healed up in many different ways."

Robinson remains optimistic that the Bears will end the season on a high note. Though the offense has struggled over the last month, Robinson believes they still have the weapons on offense to improve.

"With Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller, myself, Jimmy Graham, we've got the guys," said Robinson. "We've got the talent to be able to do it. We've just got to execute and we've got to execute when those times come."

Though it may seem like a lifetime ago, the Bears offense started the season strong, averaging 21.3 points a game through the first six weeks. Over the course of the current losing streak, that number has dropped to 12.5. 

"Early on, we were great on third down," said Robinson. "We were great in the red zone as well. I think in the first couple games of the season when we kind of spiked some of the numbers we have, some good second-half and fourth-quarter performances that we're able to kind of put us and take us over the hump in that regard." 

For weeks, Robinson has emphasized that the team needs to improve on third-down and red-zone situations. He cites self-inflicted wounds as a growing concern.

"For the most part, just reflecting on third down, not beating ourselves, being fundamentally sound and not having penalties," said Robinson. "I think us being a penalized team was pretty heavy just in general. So just doing things that we can't do to hurt ourselves."

Individually, Robinson is having another strong season. With 63 catches for 755 yards, Robinson is on pace to match or exceed his numbers from 2019 in all categories except touchdowns. Despite only having three touchdowns on the season, Robinson may see an increased role as the team looks for answers in the red zone.

"Whatever's called, I run what's called," said Robinson. "I've said that since Day 1. Hopefully, in these next six games, we can get down there first and get some more red-zone opportunities. Then I should come away with more red-zone touchdowns."

When Robinson takes the field, it may be with a different quarterback. With Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky both suffering injuries in recent weeks, there is a degree of uncertainty over who will be taking snaps against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Robinson believes he can succeed in either scenario.

"I don't think it's rocket science," said Robinson. "It would just be me going out there, being myself, trying to make the quarterback's job easy, like I've been trying to come here to do from Day 1. So it's just the same. Maybe fine-tune some different things, maybe post-practice, but I don't feel like that would be too difficult in any way."

With only six games left, Robinson made clear that he plans to leave everything on the field.

"I don't foresee myself, at the end of the season when it's all said and done, having any regrets," said Robinson. "That's how I plan on playing. And so, again, like I said before, for me, over these next few weeks, my foot is on the gas. One game at a time, playing the best ball that I've played."