Robinson will re-sign with the Chiefs on a one-year deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Robinson spent his first four seasons in Kansas City and will now enter his fifth there as well. The 25-year-old pass catcher hauled in 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. His yardage nearly doubled his first three seasons combined. With Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman still ahead of him on the depth chart, he will presumably be used similarly in 2020.
Robinson caught just three of six targets for 35 yards during the Chiefs' three postseason games in 2019. Robinson didn't play a snap on offense during Kansas City's Super Bowl LIV win over the 49ers, while rookie Mecole Hardman handled a depth role in the team's receiving corps in addition to contributing in the return game. The 25-year-old Robinson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Kansas City could choose to let him walk in favor of providing more opportunities for Hardman to showcase his explosive skill set.
Robinson (illness) practiced in full Thursday. One day removed from being held out due to an illness, Robinson was uninhibited as the Chiefs continue to prepare for the Super Bowl. He's more or less been splitting time with rookie Mecole Hardman as the team's third wide receiver, but Robinson hasn't managed two-plus catches or more than 31 yards since Week 10. Between the two, Hardman is the better bet to break out against the 49ers due to his off-the-charts peripheral stats, namely 20.7 YPC, 13.1 YPT and six TDs on 41 targets.
Coach Andy Reid said that Robinson is battling an illness and won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Robinson will benefit from having more than a week to get healthy ahead of Super Bowl 54, so he doesn't look at much risk of sitting out the Feb. 2 matchup with the 49ers. It's worth noting, however, that both LeSean McCoy and Matt Moore sat out last weekend's AFC Championship Game against Tennessee due to illnesses, so Robinson may be a victim of a bug that's been passing around the locker room. The Chiefs split reps at No. 3 receiver between Robinson and Mecole Hardman in the win over Tennessee, so it's difficult to divine exactly how snaps will be divvied out if both are healthy.
Robinson caught both of his targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 35-24 win over the Titans in the AFC Championship Game. Robinson played 37 percent of offensive snaps while splitting the No. 3 receiver job with Mecole Hardman (40 percent). The rookie was limited to one catch for eight yards, but he nonetheless provided a major contribution to the victory, drawing a 41-yard pass interference penalty late in the fourth quarter to convert a third-and-10 that sealed the game. In any case, the division of playing time marked a significant departure from the previous week, when Robinson had played 58 percent of snaps and Hardman just 17 percent in a 51-31 win over the Texans. It's anyone's guess how coach Andy Reid will divide the workload between Hardman and Robinson in the Super Bowl.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|4||10/04||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|5||10/11||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/01||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|11||11/23||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|12||11/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|15||12/20||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|17||01/03||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|3 Year Avg||43||25||316||3||15||12.64||49|