Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson, makes a bold boast on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.
Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, boasts:
He is ready to have a 1,000-yard receiving season and 10 TD’s”. “Every other season, it’s (been) four, five touchdowns, 500 yards,” Robinson said of his previous production. “I just think it picks up a little bit more right now. I’m looking for the opportunity — not for them to give me the opportunity — but go in there and take the opportunity. Go in there and show that I am a guy who can put up 1,000 yards a year and 10 touchdowns. I’m ready to make that happen. They said they’ve got something in store for me. I’m ready to show them.
Firstly, now that Sammy Watkins has signed on in Baltimore, the number two receiver is open for the taking. Is Robinson capable of filling that role? Of course, he is. Throughout his time with the Chiefs, Robinson has had many moments of brilliance. Further, showing he could be the number one receiver on other teams.
However, the brilliance never seems to last. There is little to no consistency in his game, almost from play to play. In one play, he makes a beautiful circus catch. Subsequently, drops a sure first down. So, maybe the question is, can he? He believes he is ready to show the Chiefs and the entire NFL that he is ready.
For Robinson to step up and live up to that boast, he will have to work harder than any other receiver on the field, not named Hill or Kelce. Let’s face it, Hill and Kelce will get their catches. QB Patrick Mahomes usually looks their way as the first read. Besides, Kelce is always the dump-off man if things get tight. After them, you have Clyde Edwards-Helaire catching the ball out of the backfield.
So, Robinson is really going to have to outperform other Chiefs receivers such as Byron Pringle, Marcus Kemp, and Mecole Hardman. Not to mention the rumors of the Chiefs drafting wide receivers in the upcoming 2021 Draft. With Hardman seemingly having the best shot to step into Watkins’ role.
The gambit is laid in front of Robinson. He will have up his production on the field, make the most out of every opportunity, and literally, catch everything that is thrown his way. Not that any of that is impossible, but that is a really long road to haul. He is going to have to put in a ton of work. Meanwhile, backing everything up on the field. It is one thing to be a standout in practice. It is something completely different to bring it every Sunday.
Maybe, this statement by Robinson will ignite that fire in the other receivers as well. After that debacle in the Superbowl, the Chiefs receivers really need the boost. Now we know it wasn’t just them. However, there were many instances where the receivers were hit in the hands and couldn’t make the catch.
Is this interior competition what is needed for that spark? Making the entire receiving corps step up and take notice. To put the work in and continue to make the Chiefs receivers a force to be reckoned with.
For Robinson or any receiver on the squad to have those kinds of numbers, the offensive line changes will have to be solid. If not, Mahomes will relive the Superbowl every single game of the 2021 season, running for his life on every snap.
The O-line is coming around. Firstly, signing Joe Thuney was a great start. Secondly, Kyle Long will bring versatility and veteran presence to the line. Likewise, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is set to return, which will be a huge relief for Mahomes. Finally, adding center Austin Blythe to the fray was another strong move.
With the foundation seemingly in place, the Chiefs’ front office can work on filling the remaining holes in the O-line. Bottom line, to protect their QB1. With Mahomes upright and doing what he does, Robinson’s boast might be a real possibility.
The movements on the offensive line, paired with the huge signing of defensive tackle Jarran Reed. It has many experts and fans alike believing the Chiefs could make yet another trip to the Superbowl. This time getting revenge for that atrocity of 2020.
*stats and quotes from NFL.com