Jan
10
2021

The Fuel Tank: Who Was The Biggest All-Pro Snub?

Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL debate topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.

On Friday, the Associated Press 2020 All-Pro 1st and 2nd Team were released to the public. The names that highlight the 1st team include Aaron Rodgers, Travis Kelce (unanimously voted in), Derrick Henry, and Stefon Diggs; and, the 2nd Team included Patrick Mahomes, Khalil Mack, Jaire Alexander, and DeAndre Hopkins. Of course, there was a load of players that were snubbed from these lists. Some say the biggest snub was Alexander not being voted for the first team or Simmons being selected over Tyrann Mathieu for 1st Team honors.

While that all holds, the biggest snub of both All-Pro teams wasn’t even given a vote. He’s a receiver that has a motherload of skill and potential, but analysts and pundits don’t bat an eye towards him. It was shown clear as day with the voting. This player has played with mediocre quarterbacks his whole career, and that player is none other than Allen Robinson. Here’s why:

1. He had a better season than Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley was one of the receivers selected to the All-Pro 2nd Team, and while he had a great year, Robinson was more deserving. Let’s break down the stats to see how:

Receiving yards:

  • Robinson: 1250
  • Beasley: 967

Touchdowns:

  • Robinson: 6
  • Beasley: 4

Receptions:

  • Robinson: 102
  • Beasley: 82

Yards Per Game:

  • Robinson: 78.1
  • Beasley: 64.5

Catch Percentages:

  • Robinson: 67.5%
  • Beasley: 76.6%

First Downs:

  • Robinson: 68
  • Beasley: 53

Yes, there are plenty of other stats to look at, but these are the main stats we should be looking at for receivers. Robinson has over 250 more receiving yards than Beasly, two more touchdowns, about 14 more receiving yards per game, and shows his ability to move the chains better than Beasley by having 15 more first downs than him. Beasley had a better catch percentage, but Robinson had 50 more targets than him (152 to 102); so, that in itself is understandable.

Beasley had a great year, but was it worth All-Pro honors? No, it wasn’t.

2. Robinson has played spectacularly with mediocre quarterbacks

Mitchell Trubisky has been playing better as of late, but for a majority of the season, he wasn’t. While he did win his first three starts, his stats weren’t great; he threw for 560 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions. In one game, he threw for only 128 yards until he was benched for Nick Foles. Foles wasn’t that great either as while he did lead a comeback against the choking Falcons, he was 2-5 after that game where he threw for 1,664 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven picks. The quarterback carousel wasn’t that great.

This is where Robinson showed up. Up until Week 14, he had two 100+ yard games, six 70+ yard games, two 10+ catch games, ten games with five or more receptions, and a two-touchdown game in Week 12 against Green Bay. He shined when the Bears’ quarterback issues were at it’s lowest. He’s one of the few offensive stars and is probably the biggest star on that offense that’s been underappreciated for too long.

3. Even without QB troubles, he played amazing

Trubisky showed out in the last four games; he had 986 yards, six touchdowns, and only three picks. That is one of the best stretches of his career; it’s not great, I know, but it shows he’s improving. In Robinson’s last four games with Trubisky at QB, he had two 100+ yard receiving games, a game with nine and ten catches, and he had two games with 75%+ catch percentage. Imagine if he had a true competent quarterback in his career. He wouldn’t be as underappreciated as he is.

Addressing the other side

Beasley did more with less receptions, and had a better catch percentage.

On the terms of catch percentage, it’s not shocking that their different when Robinson had 50 more targets than Beasley and the fact that Beasley isn’t the WR1 for his team; Robinson is. Still, besides catch percentage, Robinson did better than him in every other main stat listed. He was definitely the better receiver this season.

Robinson just didn’t earn it

I hope no one thinks this, but you always have those fans that do. He is one of the most talented receivers in the league, and if you put him on a team with a true quarterback, he would excel greatly, and he’d make All-Pro teams with ease. In terms of “he didn’t earn it”, 1,250 yards, six touchdowns, and 102 receptions definitely earn at least 2nd-Team All-Pro honors. Come on voters! Let him in next year if he does as well as he did this season.

Was Robinson snubbed? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion. Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day!