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Bears’ Nagy: Robinson ‘ahead of the game’ in ACL recovery

The Sports Xchange

May 17, 2018 at 11:40 am.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said offseason acquisition Allen Robinson is progressing well in his recovery from a torn ACL sustained during the season opener in September.

While Robinson isn’t participating in organized team activities this week at Halas Hall, Nagy said he’s pleased to see the wide receiver getting back up to speed.

“He’s ahead of the game. He’s looking good,” Nagy said, via the team’s website. “We’re feeling really good about his prognosis as far as getting started. There’s no need to rush it. He’s been doing great in meetings. He’s answering every question in meetings. He’s out here, focused, doing everything we want him to do.”

Robinson signed a three-year, $42 million deal — with $25 million guaranteed — with the Bears in March. He is expected to provide a boost to a team that did not produce a 700-yard receiver last season.

“He’s been doing great in meetings,” Nagy said. “He’s answering every question in the meetings, he’s out here focused doing everything that we want him to do.”

Robinson is coming off tearing an ACL in his left knee on the third play from scrimmage in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ season-opening 29-7 win over the Houston Texans.

The Bears ranked third-worst in average yards per game (287.4) and dead last with 175.7 passing yards per contest. By comparison, the Kansas City Chiefs — under Nagy — finished sixth in points (25.9) and fifth in total offense (375.4 yards) in 2017.

Robinson recorded 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns during his Pro Bowl season in 2015. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Robinson then led the Jaguars in catches (73), receiving yards (883) and receiving touchdowns (six) in 2016.

The 24-year-old Robinson has totaled 202 career catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns since being selected by Jacksonville in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.