Allen Robinson gets only two targets in Rams debut

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Allen Robinson has played well during his career, despite not always (or ever) having a great quarterback thawing him the football. Now that he has a great quarterback, expectation were high for 2022.

In Week One, the expectations were unfulfilled.

Robinson had one catch for 12 yards. He was targeted only twice, with the second coming on a last-gasp throw to the end zone with under a minute to play.

“I’d like to get Allen more involved,” coach Sean McVay told reporters after the game. “[I’d] like to get a lot more guys involved. But like I said, overall, it was a tough night for us and it was a poor night in terms of the overall decision making from my standpoint. That’s something that I’m looking forward to correcting.”

Once again, Cooper Kupp got the bulk of the attention from quarterback Matthew Stafford. He was asked after the game why it seemed Robinson wasn’t open more often. Stafford said the Bills played a lot of zone defense, with limited man coverage. (And no blitzing at all.)

“They clouded the boundary quite a bit,” Stafford said. “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 added that it was a “basic coverage.” And it was. Cover two, cover three. Four-man rush. Seven players dropping into the various zones and lanes. An umbrella that kept anyone from getting open deep.

“I hadn’t seen that in a while,” Stafford said of Buffalo’s defensive approach. “We hadn’t got that in a long time, but didn’t feel like that was a reason that we were holding on to it or anything.”

McVay attributed the overall struggles in the passing game, which included seven sacks, to a “combination of things.” He wondered whether he gave the Bills too much of an opportunity to “tee off” with their four-man pass rush. He also acknowledged that, because the Rams had to use a silent count, the Bills at times were able to jump it.

The ultimate explanation for Robinson’s relative lack of involvement may be simple. With Stafford feeling a little confused and rattled by the situation, he opted to go with familiarity. And, by far, his biggest familiarity rests with Kupp, who was targeted 15 times and had 13 catches.

27 responses to “Allen Robinson gets only two targets in Rams debut

  1. Good thing Goodell’s henchmen called that penalty on Logan Wilson in the SB.

    Les Snead has been a failure as a GM for a decade, otherwise. I’ve never seen someone so bad at drafting and developing in-house talent and acting like he’s good at his job.

    Another 1 year dynasty right on down the tubes into the fade. Whistling right past that graveyard.

  2. My guess it’s all the fact that the Bears ruined him. You know what the pundits will say. I’m not so sure AR still has it. He always left doubts in my mind how hard he wanted to go when he was with the Bears. Will see.

  3. You hadn’t seen that in a while? So what were you studying all off-season? That’s what the Bills play on defense.

  4. I was worried about that whole receiving corps – but they just looked really rusty. I think the Rams will be fine & still a top contender in the NFC, but yesterday it looked like they were still in preseason mode.

    Except Kupp – man is that guy good.

  5. Rams offensive line looked like garbage last night. Stafford was running for his life and they had zero run game. Unless they fix it teams are going to blitz Stafford 50% of the time.

  6. darthhelmut says:
    September 9, 2022 at 12:30 pm
    Rams offensive line looked like garbage last night. Stafford was running for his life and they had zero run game. Unless they fix it teams are going to blitz Stafford 50% of the time.
    Bills didn’t blitz once… still had 7 sacks and 15 knockdowns

  7. Bills are elite, Rams were rusty and showed it last night. They’ll work out the kinks and be alright.

  8. If the progressions were Kupp 1 and Robinson 2, Stafford very rarely had time to look his way. Hence only 2 targets. Maybe the Oline needs to give Stafford more time to look his way. Just a thought.

  9. Blitzing Stafford is the wrong thing to do. Look up his stats against, and you’ll see that opponents have greater success just sending 4. Sending 5 or more likely means Kupp gets open, as demonstrated last night the only time the Bills sent more that 4.

  10. I mean its basically what the Bears did to him for years. Gawd thats embarassing to do a silent count at your banner raising ceremony

  11. There is no reason to try to diminish the Rams SB victory, or throw around conspiracy theories about it. They won fair & square, and they’re the reigning champs at least until February.

    They’ll still be in the mix come playoff time.

  12. How do Bills fans feel every time their $40 million QB runs the ball? Sure, he’s big, but I don’t see him lasting 8 games without injury. He ran 10 times last night. Approximately 1/3 of all QBs get some injury every season. Allen took some hits last night. Who’s the Bills backup QB?

  13. “How do Bills fans feel every time their $40 million QB runs the ball? ”

    It’s who he is. I think they could make him a pure pocket passer and he’d thrive – but the man likes to run, and when a game gets going, his competitive spirit kicks in and he just goes for it.

    I think he’ll likely run less in more low-profile kinds of games, but as a fan, it’s just something I have to accept, and hope he doesn’t get hurt. He’s a tough dude and seems to thrive on the hits. I love how he plays the game.

  14. It’s ridiculous how people don’t think that quarterbacks can’t get injured by just standing in the pocket.
    Ask Joe Theisman how that worked out for him.

  15. You play the game. You don’t play scared. If you play scared that’s when you get hurt.

  16. How’s that hot knife butter thing now? Some people love contradicting themselves. It’s comical to watch

  17. Comments here are crazy….

    LA fans sell their tix…nothing new.

    Allen Robinson needs to massage the rock a lil bit….get him involved, EARLY.

    0-line does appear to be trash…..and that’s all drafting…Snead needs to do better. I’d fire that guy that jumped in the pool for drafting Bruss?! Like, who told him Bruss was some monster? Some great looking prospects at OG….we want Bruss? Need new scouts…area scouts, that understand pro-football…hire Mayock as a consultant.

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