There was so much excitement about Allen Robinson’s fit in the Rams offense. As the replacement for Robert Woods alongside Cooper Kupp, he was expected to be a big part of the passing game right away.
Sadly, his Rams debut couldn’t have gone much worse. Robinson played 65 of the team’s 67 snaps, ran a total of 47 routes, and he was targeted only twice. His first target was a 12-yard reception, and his second was a pointless deep shot on the Rams’ final play of the game.
Sean McVay blamed his lack of involvement on the offense’s poor rhythm, saying he wanted to get Robinson more involved. Matthew Stafford also gave his take on the matter, pointing to the Bills’ zone coverage as the reason Robinson didn’t get many targets.
“I think they played – I’m trying to think back. I’m not going to get it right, but maybe two snaps of man,” Stafford said after the game. “So I mean, it’s a lot of zone. They clouded the boundary quite a bit. Allen saw a lot of cover two over there. I can still do a better job I think of getting him the ball in some instances, but they were doing a nice job of trying to keep a top on it and trying to cover us up.”
Stafford had no trouble targeting Kupp against the Bills’ zone coverage, throwing him the ball 15 times. He targeted Tyler Higbee 11 times, Darrell Henderson Jr. five times and Ben Skowronek six times. Yet, Robinson only got one more target than Tutu Atwell, who played a total of seven snaps.
The Rams need Robinson to be more involved offensively because as good as Kupp is, he can’t carry the passing game on his own. He needs someone to draw some coverage and be a real threat on the other side.
Robinson can be that player; he just needs more opportunities.