Allen Robinson II is looking for consistency.
To the veteran receiver, the Bears’ offense is capable of finishing the season strong. Robinson would like to see his side of the ball take a few steps forward in the final six weeks.
“We know that we have good players,” said Robinson. “We know the capability of everybody. We have pretty much the same players that we had last year. Seeing some of the success that we have had, even this season, it’s tough to not be consistent with it.”
With 57 receptions on the season, Robinson has already eclipsed his total from last season. He has accounted for more than a quarter of the team’s completions this season. He has caught 66.3 percent of his targets, which will be the highest of his career if he can hold that pace.
In recent weeks, however, opposing teams have done their best to keep the ball away from Robinson. Against the Rams this past Sunday, Robinson caught four passes for 15 yards as the Bears were held to seven points.
Robinson doesn’t believe there is any singular explanation when it comes to the offense this season.
“I don’t really think there’s something you can point to and say ‘this is why,’” said Robinson. “I think (it’s) all around. I thought that last week early in the game we moved the ball. We got to some--not in the red-zone, but we were in the fringe area a few times. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalize or come away with points.”
While Robinson has been one of the Bears’ best weapons in moving the chains, the big plays that marked earlier seasons in his career have been hard to come by. On the season, Robinson is averaging 11.1 yards per catch, down from last season’s 13.7 last season and 17.5 during his 2015 Pro Bowl campaign.
Robinson sees execution as the key ingredient to changing that for the next six games. This Sunday should provide ample opportunity. The Bears’ opponent, the New York Giants, are giving up 7.7 net yards per pass attempt, second highest in the league.
“Just make the plays that are called for us,” said Robinson, “I think that’s the biggest thing. It’s no secret in this league as to how explosive plays or things like that come about. They’ve just got to be made.”
The offense faces some uncertainty in the coming week. Coach Matt Nagy told reporters Wednesday that the team would handle quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s hip injury on a day-to-day basis, with backup Chase Daniel ready to step in if Trubisky is unable to play.
Robinson said that the receiving corps is used to both quarterbacks, and a change wouldn’t affect anything on his end.
“From a receiver standpoint or a skill position standpoint,” said Robinson, “you’ve just got to go out there and prepare well, make sure you’re in the right spot no matter who is throwing the ball. I think that’s the biggest part about it. When the ball is in the air, it’s just for us to make a play.”