Robinson was on the receiving end of the Chiefs' only touchdown, snaring a 24-yard dart from Chad Henne late in the second quarter. The 23-year-old posted the first 21 catches of his career during his 2017 sophomore campaign, and he's looking to vault Chris Conley on the depth chart and secure the No. 3 role behind the starting duo of Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Thursday's performance was certainly a good first step towards that goal, an effort will look to build on when the Chiefs do battle with the Falcons in their second preseason tilt.
Robinson caught four passes on 10 targets for 31 yards during Week 17 against the Broncos, finishing 2017 with 21 catches for 212 yards.
Robinson didn't prove highly effective during the 2017 campaign, but there may be hope on the horizon for an expanded role. Quarterback Alex Smith presumably will be traded during the offseason to make way for Patrick Mahomes under center. Mahomes established a connection with Robinson during the preseason and likely has continued working with him and the second-string offense. That trust was displayed Sunday when the rookie quarterback targeted Robinson 10 times, albeit with both Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the sidelines. Still, things would look slightly brighter for Robinson heading into 2018 if Mahomes takes the reins.
Robinson is expected to play a significant number of snaps on offense in Week 17 against the Broncos with Tyreek Hill (personal) sitting out, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
Robinson has seen an expanded role since Chris Conley landed on injured reserve, but that resulted in very little production. Robinson caught five passes in the second game after Conley's injury, but he has caught no more than two passes in a game since then. That could change Sunday with Hill on the sidelines, especially given the connection he established, per Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star, with rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the last preseason game. Mahomes will start in place of normal starter Alex Smith on Sunday in what could be a glimpse of the future in Kansas City under center.
Robinson wasn't targeted during Sunday's 26-15 win against the Raiders.
Robinson ranked third among receivers in terms of snaps on Sunday, playing fewer than both Tyreek Hill and Albert Wilson. Given his expected workload limitations moving forward, it's unlikely he will generate any meaningful stat lines together the rest of the way.
Robinson caught just two passes for 17 yards during Sunday's game against the Jets.
Robinson led all receivers in snaps a week ago but fell well behind both Tyreek Hill and Albert Wilson in the pecking order against the Jets. Even the increased playing time didn't make him a viable fantasy candidate, so his downturn in playing time only pushes him further away.
|4||10/1/18||@ DEN||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/18||@ LAR||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
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