M-Rob Looking Forward To Return Home

Vikings wide receiver Marcus Robinson is looking forward to the Vikings' game Sunday in Chicago, where he still makes his home. But Robinson, like the Vikings team, hasn't lived up to his recent stats of the past or the expectations of him entering this season.

Sunday's game at Soldier Field isn't just a homecoming for a player who used to belong in the Chicago Bears' den. It's a return home for a player who still lives there.

Former Bears receiver Marcus Robinson is in his second season with the Vikings. But he still looks forward to returning to Chicago Sunday.

"Oh yeah, I definitely get excited for that," Robinson said. "Soldier Field is one of my better teams to go and play. I love the fans of Chicago. They've been great to me and I still live down in Chicago so it'll definitely be fun to go back."

Robinson has just eight catches this season for 159 yards and no touchdowns. But with a 19.9-yard average, he is among league leaders for yards per catch.

Through one quarter of the season, Robinson is still scoreless. But the entire offense has struggled this season, including quarterback Daunte Culpepper, which makes it hard to gauge what exactly is wrong and what role the receivers play in the team's woes.

Before the season started Culpepper was asked if Robinson could fill in for the absence of Randy Moss's ability to make the jump-ball catch. "Down in the red zone he can be very deadly because he's a great leaper and catches the ball very well," Culpepper said at the time. "He's very strong when he goes up to get the ball."

So far that hasn't happened.

Last year, Robinson made 47 catches for 657 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season with the Vikings. He had 31 catches for 451 yards in 2003 with Baltimore. Prior to that, he spent six seasons with the Bears, highlighted by his breakthrough season in 1999, when he had 84 catches for 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns.

"I've watched Marcus a long time," receivers coach Wes Chandler said. "I've been with Marcus since 1998 in the fact that he was in NFL Europe and I was there coaching as well and we go way back. I've watched him grow to this point."

Despite off-field distractions, Robinson said the 1-3 Vikings will be ready for the 1-3 Bears.

"We have a really good game plan for this week," Robinson said Wednesday. "Of course, you really don't have to game plan the Bears. They're a great team with a defense that's wonderful. We still have to go out there and do the things that we do best, and that's put points up on the board with our offense. We just have to get our confidence together and get things going."

Robinson said the addition of "consultant" Jerry Rhome should help this week, too.

"He was in our meeting (Wednesday) and he had nice things to say," Robinson said. "He went over some routes. I think he put in a couple of plays or two. I see a guy who has a lot to say and he's saying the right things."

Robinson hopes Rhome can help jump-start the Vikings offense. In the first four games this season, the Vikings offense has averaged 14.3 points per game.

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