Until Aldrick Robinson finds meaningful statistics on a regular basis, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Robinson appeared to injure his right hamstring during Wednesday's minicamp practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. According to Rodrigue, Robinson went down hard while running a route and had to limp off to the sidelines. The receiver was later seen with a bag of ice strapped to his leg, but Robinson didn't need to leave the field. It's possible the 30-year-old could be held out for the remainder of minicamp with the intention of preparing him for the start of training camp in late July.
Robinson signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Friday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Robinson spent 2018 in Minnesota and caught 17 passes for 231 yards and set a career high with five touchdowns. The 30-year-old has never eclipsed 400 receiving yards in a season and is likely to serve as a low-volume big-play threat if he manages to make the 53-man roster.
Robinson remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Robinson is actually one of the better wide receivers left in a thin market, coming off a 2018 campaign with 17 catches for 231 yards and five touchdowns on 35 targets in 14 games for the Vikings. He's typically struggled when tasked with a large workload, but his career stat line -- 16.5 yards per catch, 14 TDs among 86 receptions -- suggests he can give an offense a boost as a big-play weapon from the No. 4 receiver role. Granted, the 30-year-old doesn't offer much value on special teams, and his career catch rate (47.8 percent) reflects the all-or-nothing nature of his contributions on offense. Potential fits include Houston, Green Bay, Baltimore, Kansas City and Minnesota.
Robinson failed to catch any of his four targets during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears. Held without a catch for the second straight week, Robinson finishes up the season with 17 receptions for 231 yards and five touchdowns. The 30-year-old's ridiculous 17:5 reception-to-touchdown ratio is indicative of his success on designed plays, but Robinson failed to make much of an impact outside of such situations. Set to become a free agent this offseason, it's conceivable that the Vikings could elect to re-sign Robinson as a situational wideout for 2019.
Robinson was unable to snag either of his targets during Sunday's 27-9 win over the Lions. Sunday represented Robinson's second catchless game in three weeks after just two such performances in his first 10 outings of the season. It's not easy to see things getting much better for Robinson. New offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has pledged to be more run-heavy with the Vikings' offense and, through two games, Minnesota is throwing it 42 percent less than they had under John DeFilippo. To top it off, Minnesota draws a Chicago defense in Week 17 that has frustrated opposing passing attacks all season, though Robinson did reel in a touchdown grab against them in Week 11.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|2||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|8||10/27||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|10||11/10||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|12||11/24||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|17||12/29||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||38||19||271||3||13||14.26||45|