Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that Robinson continues to focus on the "mental" aspect of his wideout role with the Bears as he sits out drills due to his ongoing recovery from a torn left ACL, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
While Robinson is working his way back to form in deliberate fashion, Nagy expressed confidence that the Bears' marquee free-agent addition will be ready to roll in time for the coming season. For his part, Robinson believes that he'll be able to participate in training camp, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. The 24-year-old wideout inked a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bears in March and once his health is reestablished, Robinson will head an upgraded wideout corps that also includes Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White, Josh Bellamy, Bennie Fowler and Tanner Gentry.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy will install an offense with a fast pace while consistently attacking downfield, which should prove favorable for Robinson (knee), Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Robinson proved to be a dynamic downfield threat in 2015, averaging 17.5 yards per reception and 14 touchdowns before struggling in 2016, largely due to the terrible inaccuracy shown by Blake Bortles that season. Though he'll be coming off a lost season following ACL surgery, Robinson should be in store for a huge bounce-back season in his first season in an offense that projects to be pass heavy and aggressive.
Robinson (knee), who is signing a three-year, $42 million contract with the Bears, said he doesn't expect to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
After tearing his ACL in Week 1 last season, Robinson will be 10.5 months removed from the initial injury when the Bears start training camp in late July. He's already progressed to some sprinting and explosive jumps, but it's probably still safe to assume he'll be limited or absent throughout offseason workouts, OTAs and minicamp. Robinson profiles as the No. 1 threat in a receiving corps that also added Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton earlier this week, while the status of restricted free agent Cameron Meredith -- who's recovering from his own ACL tear -- remains up in the air. 2015 first-round pick Kevin White (shoulder) is expected to get another shot, but he shouldn't be a real threat to Robinson's top-dog status. The real concern is Robinson's rehab process, along with the possibility the Bears continue to lean on their running game.
Robinson (knee) intends to sign with the Bears when free agency opens Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Robinson's 2017 season was cut short almost as soon as it began when he tore his ACL In Week 1, but the setback did not prevent him from drawing heavy interest in free agency, and he appears headed to Chicago after four years in Jacksonville. Robinson's signing won't be official until Wednesday, but if he ends with the Bears he would immediately become the top receiver for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Robinson will hit free agency when the league year opens March 14 unless he's able to work out a contract with the Jaguars before that time. The team presumably doesn't want to take the chance that Robinson would simply view the franchise tag -- estimated at $16 million for wideouts -- as a player-friendly, prove-it deal while bouncing back from a torn ACL. The Jaguars likely still have interest in signing him to a cheaper one-year contract or even a multi-year pact that would keep his 2018 camp number far below $16 million. Should he ultimately hit the open market, Robinson would be one of the top players available. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone recently said the 24-year-old wideout is on track to participate in Organized Team Activities this spring.
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