He was the forgotten man on the Rams offensive.
Coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead reportedly signed receiver Allen Robinson to complement star receiver Cooper Kupp.
That’s not how it goes for Robinson or the Rams for about a quarter of the season.
While Kupp has 54 goals and 42 catches — both league highs — Robinson has just 18 goals and nine catches for an offense that has only shown consistency in not establishing a rushing offense and struggling to score touchdowns within the 20-yard to achieve line.
The Rams play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday after failing to score any Touchdowns in a 24-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Robinson, a ninth-year pro, has been consistent with questions about his role.
“I’m just trying to do what’s asked of me and when my time comes I’ll try to make the most of those opportunities,” he said Thursday. “It’s the only thing I can control.”
During the offseason, the Rams signed Robinson to a three-year deal that includes more than $30 million in guarantees, according to overthecap.com. They then traded receiver Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans.
Based on the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Robinson’s versatility and production history, the Rams thought it was an upgrade.
Robinson rushed for 1,000 yards and received once during his four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and twice during four seasons with the Chicago Bears. He had 151 or more goals twice with the Jaguars and twice with the Bears.
But so far, McVay hasn’t found an effective way to blend Robinson into an offense that has featured Stafford, Kupp, Tyler Higbee and not much else.
After Robinson scored just two goals in the season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills, Stafford tied with Robinson on four of five goals, including a short touchdown pass, in a win over the Atlanta Falcons.
In a win over the Arizona Cardinals, Robinson had two catches but allowed a near-certain touchdown pass between his hands. He had two catches on five targets against the 49ers.
Asked this week why it was so difficult to get the goals out there and get Robinson involved, McVay said that “overall it was just kind of a fight.”
“A lot of what ultimately determines where the ball goes depends on what the defense is playing,” McVay said, adding “a lot of it is out of his control.”
Stafford said this week he could do “a better job” finding Robinson and getting him the ball earlier in games.
Robinson “is doing a great job just playing, doing his job and understanding that those opportunities are going to come,” Stafford said.
Last season, Kupp won the so-called Triple Crown by leading the NFL in receptions, yards receiving and touchdown catches.
He said it was natural for Robinson to want the ball more.
“Because he is a competitor, he wants to stay on the ball like everyone else,” said Kupp. “That makes him great. … He’s doing everything coaches have asked him to do and I think there will be opportunities in that offense.
“That’s how things went sometimes and I know he’ll keep working and we’ll find ways to get him the ball.”
It is the coaching staff’s job to “make creative decisions” to give Robinson and others the ball on an offense that also includes Kupp, said offense coordinator Liam Coen.
“You will actively take your triple crown winner and say he will not be the primary [option] on some things and you have to be okay with that,” said Coen, who described Robinson’s increased involvement as a “work in progress”.
Whether or not he’s the primary option, Robinson said he’s ready when called up.
“For me, it’s just about going out there and doing whatever is asked,” he said. “Again, I mean, that’s all I can do.”
Offensive lineman David Edwards (concussion) was a full practice participant, according to the Rams injury report. Cornerback David Long (groin) and safety Taylor Rapp (ribs) were restricted.
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