There will be speculation, but this is a development that the New England Patriots should complete. Lost in Week 1 to the excitement of Cam Newton’s crowd-heavy offense was the fact that the Patriots receivers still look like a problem on paper. Only two wide receivers also saw targets against Miami, and again Julian Edelman was the only one to consistently succeed. He earned a PFF grade of 72.7 for the game, catching five of six targets and sent his way for 57 yards, and while N’Keel Harry caught all five of his passes, he went for just 39 yards and The team is trying to plan visually and cannot produce it on its own due to the possibility of a free release and separation.
Edelman remains the only Patriots wideout who can regularly generate isolation or win, and at some point problems are occurring for Newton when he throws the ball into the air.
Robinson’s contract is also very cheap. He has a $ 10.9 million base salary for the 2020 season, a number that goes down with every game he plays in Chicago. Trading him also saves $ 13 million in cap savings for the Bears, and the Patriots have the second-most cap space in the NFL.
They are a team with the financial means to do so without thinking about it and Robinson will offer a massive upgrade to his receiver group. Since the start of the 2018 season, Robinson has a PFF grade of 90.3 against single coverage, a top 20 mark at the position. Edelman has the best figure among the Patriots receivers, finishing at around 10 grading points at 81.7, and the only two others who grade above 70 in that period are no longer on the roster.
New England is crying out for a receiver who can win against man coverage and split to help his quarterback.
Robinson, for his part, never played with a high-level quarterback, dating all the way to his high school career. In college, he was largely responsible for the myth that had sprung up around Christian Hahnberg during the new season of Hackenberg. In the NFL, he first passed through the Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville, and then watched history repeat with Trubisky in Chicago.
Robinson never saw a bad season in the NFL, despite not being able to play its quarterback. He has six seasons with a PFF grade of at least 69, and his best years have pushed that grade into the 80s. A PFF grade of 80 or higher for a receiver is usually good enough to rank in the top 15-20 of all wideouts, but the difference between that and a top 10 spot is easily attributed to the quarterback. Who is throwing him football.
Trubisky had a surprisingly good Week 1 performance in a win for the Bears, but his overall grade was still 64.7, and he missed several key throws.
It’s still too soon to be told how well Newton will be passing football for the Patriots, but there is little evidence of his resume that he has to match what Robinson can bring to the table And can make more than the sum of its parts. . His MVP season consisted of elite-level quarterback plays, and since that time – often playing through injury – he averaged 7-10 points a season better than Trubisky.
Finally, the Patriots have a history of making trades to answer problems in their receiving corps. Brandin Cook was acquired (and later sent out) for the first round draft pick, he only surpassed Mohammed Sanu after taking a second round draft pick to take over, and there are other moves he has to fill. Made for a proven problem spot with the elderly. They don’t want Harry to give up completely where they drafted him, but at this point, he has yet to show that he can be the No. 1 receiver they need.
It is in Chicago’s interest to withhold Robinson’s long-term, but if they can’t, and that union is headed for divorce, it could be a great ability for the Patriots to add a proven talent to a receiving player Can, who needs an influential player if this Newton offense is as successful as it can be.