Robinson Could Supply Needed Boost

Next season a healthy Marcus Robinson should aid the Bears offense, which tied for 26th in the league. The wideout went down in week six with a torn ACL. In an abbreviated year Robinson had 23 receptions including two touchdowns.

Robinson's injury allowed Marty Booker to showcase his talent on his way to the most prolific season by a wideout in franchise history. Booker solidified himself as tough receiver, but doesn't possess the breakaway speed of Robinson.

Dick Jauron said he was uncertain what Robinson's presence would have done for the offense over the course of the season, but he is looking forward to having the speedy receiver back next year.

Robinson's recovery is on schedule and he should be ready for training camp.

"Our medical staff thinks he's doing fine," Jauron said. "I have a lot of confidence in our staff, but none of that is guaranteed."

In 35 games Robinson has 15 touchdowns and has a career average of 14.8 yards per catch. The addition of Robinson should open up the passing attack, but will also influence the running game.

Eight and nine man fronts slowed Anthony Thomas in situations where opponents didn't respect the deep the ball. Jim Miller burned Tampa in both meeting with playaction passes to Booker. However, against the Eagles and Packers John Shoop seemed hesitant to go downfield.

Opposing defenses will be more reluctant to stack the line leaving Booker and Robinson to be covered man on man.

The receiver position should be set for 2002. With Robinson, Booker, David Terrell Chicago has a solid trio of receivers. While, D'Wayne Bates and Dez White will fight for the fourth spot. Although, Ahmad Merritt could be a factor on special teams either as a return man or on coverage. He proved he has big play capability with a 47-yard touchdown run on an end around against the Eagles.


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