Bears fans surely hope they don’t find out the answer to this question next year.
Robinson had 10 catches on 13 targets for 103 yards, and made a number of key plays to extend drives throughout the game. His releases, his feel for the game, his athleticism – all the things we’ve come to know and appreciate about Robinson shined on Sunday. Eight of his 10 catches resulted in first downs; the two that didn’t led to fourth downs the Bears converted, one on a throw to Robinson. He also drew a defensive pass interference flag that resulted in a first down.
But one thought I had while watching Robinson pick apart his former team’s secondary was this: I don’t even notice anymore when Anthony Miller isn’t involved.
Miller was targeted twice, catching one pass for eight yards. He had one target and one catch for 13 yards last week against the Vikings; the week before that, he had two targets and two catches for 16 yards against the Texans.
Darnell Mooney is clearly the Bears’ No. 2 wide receiver, but on the who-gets-targets pecking order Miller is behind Robinson, Moooney, Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet and David Montgomery at this point.
I’m not sure where the Bears go if Robinson leaves in free agency next year, but it doesn’t look like Miller. Replacing his steady, reliable, top-wide-receiver production would not be easy, and it might be impossible. For a team that looks like it’s going to run everything back next year – same coach, maybe the same quarterback – not including Robinson in that equation would be a worrying development.
For now, though, just enjoy Robinson while he’s guaranteed to be in Chicago – certainly for one more game, and maybe more into January.