Is this as good as it gets for LA Rams WR Allen Robinson?

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Overly optimistic?

I know that I have a tendency to be a bit optimistic about the LA Rams, particularly when it comes to adding accomplished veterans to the roster. But that trait has served me well, particularly in recent years as LA Rams general manager Les Snead has become more adept at identifying and acquiring the type of players who are solid fits in this Rams offense and defense.

That optimism seemed to put me in a good spot when the LA Rams traded for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, whose innate ability to improvise was the perfect pocket complement to LA Rams head coach Sean McVay’s ability to innovate. We saw just how effectively the two collaborated in 2021.

But there is a bit of complexity to the LA Rams’ offense, a bit of staging that comes with the offensive proficiency much like a rocket being sent into outer space exhausts one stage before jettisoning it to fire up and rely upon the next stage. What do I mean?

Some things take time

In his first three games playing in the Rams offense with QB Matthew Stafford, veteran WR Robert Woods was just 11 of 19 for 124 yards and one touchdown. Likewise, in his first three games in the Rams’ offense with QB Matthew Stafford, veteran WR Odell Beckham Jr. was just 9 of 18 for 127 yards and two touchdowns. In both cases, it was never a question about the receiver. Instead, it was a matter of building in-game trust between Stafford and the receiver.

There is every reason to believe that a similar in-game trust is just around the corner for Stafford and Robinson. How can I ‘know’ that? It’s been the same pattern for Odell Beckham Jr., who caught six of seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in his fourth game for the LA Rams. Robert Woods caught four of six passes for 48 yards and one touchdown in his fourth game, followed by 12 of 14 passes for 150 yards in his fifth game.

Some things simply take time.  Allen Robinson’s big game could happen in the next week or two.