The former second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has played a huge part in their struggles blocking up front this season. In fact, he has struggled to show significant progression through his first three years in the league. Robinson has in many ways taken a step back in his third campaign having been flagged for 12 penalties in the first 10 games played, which have negated the league's third-highest yardage total (82).
According to Pro Football Focus, Robinson grades 75th at his position (36.8), including 67th in pass protection (40.8) and 74th in run blocking (34.8)
Head coach Jeff Fisher addressed Robinson's status with the team earlier in the week voicing much confidence in his ability to get the job done.
“The left tackle position is especially hard to play because week-in and week-out you face the best pass rusher. And then you’ve got to, not only face the best pass rusher, but you’ve also got to be effective in the run game," Fisher said. "It’s a very complicated position to play. He’s got the talent level to do it, it’s just we’ve had some miscues over the last four-to-six weeks with some mistakes and some penalties and things like that. He’s determined.
"There’s no one else on this football team that will stand on their knees and throw a football 50 yards or do a backflip – he’s highly athletic and highly talented and can be a really good player for us, he just needs reps and needs time.”
This move was likely made due to the culmination of things as Robinson has had much difficulty adjusting to playing in the NFL. It had been originally hope that he could slide over to guard, but he struggled tremendously to make the transition in his rookie campaign. Robinson has been solely used as the left tackle over the last two seasons.
With Robinson out of the lineup, it will be interesting to see if this is just a one-time decision by the Rams coaching staff or a sign for things to come for the former Auburn product. He is currently in the third year of his four-year, $21.2 million rookie contract and is scheduled to make $6.7 million next season.