Robinson gained seven yards on his only reception against the Panthers on Sunday.
Robinson was expected to see a larger role after Jeremy Kerley was released this preseason, but rookie Trent Taylor leapfrogged him on the depth chart. Both receivers were limited to a catch apiece, but the latter was on the field for 14 more snaps. Robinson won't provide much value as the 49ers' fourth receiver, but the veteran would likely be the first man up should either of the team's starting outside receivers go down to injury, as Taylor's skills are better suited for the slot.
Kerley and his salary became expandable due to Robinson and Trent Taylor's strong work during training camp and the preseason. While Taylor profiles as a slot specialist and may thus seem to be the obvious replacement for Kerley, the Niners will also find ways to keep the speedy Robinson involved. Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin are still secure atop the depth chart.
Robinson hauled in two passes (four targets) for 83 yards in Friday's 24-17 preseason win over the Chiefs.
The veteran flashed his speed on a deep pass from Matt Barkley that he almost took the distance against Kansas City's second-string secondary. The top of the 49ers' wide receiver depth chart appears to be fairly static, so Robinson will likely serve the familiar fourth receiver role that he has previously played in Kyle Shanahan-led offenses in Atlanta and Washington.
The ex-Falcon will join his former offensive coordinator in the Bay Area with the announcement of Thursday's signing. Robinson reeled in 20 receptions for 323 yards and two touchdowns on 32 targets last season, but that was on a Falcons team that was loaded at receiver. In San Francisco, there's at least the possibility of a clearer path to more targets for Robinson seeing as the current receiving pecking order for the 49ers appears to be unsettled behind the newly acquired Pierre Garcon.
Robinson caught two passes for 36 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.
Robinson's production slipped in the past two weeks after going off for 111 yards in Week 15, but he may be called upon to play a bigger role in the playoffs should the Falcons go up against a formidable Seattle pass defense in the divisional round. If whoever the Falcons play make it a point to double team Julio Jones, secondary receivers are going to need to step up.
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