WR1: A Podcast with Cris Carter (presented by WynnBET) has gotten off to fantastic start. Not surprising, when you consider Carter's resume both on the field and in broadcast. In episode two of WR1, Carter is joined by who he currently considers to be the NFL's most underrated wide receiver: Allen Robinson II.
Robinson II has high hopes for himself -- and Bears rookie QB Justin Fields
Of course, the unavoidable topic in the Midway at the moment pertains to the future of the franchise: Justin Fields. Carter and Robinson II commend the rookie’s work ethic, raw talent, and leadership style. Robinson expresses everything you’d want a veteran wide receiver to say about a rookie quarterback.
"He’s the person who gets in early, leaves late … wants to do all the little things. He wants to make sure that he maximizes every single opportunity he has in this league ..."- Allen Robinson II on Justin Fields
Undeniably, Fields seems to have all the tools (tangible and intangible) necessary for success at the NFL level, and utilizing a WR1 like Robinson should be among Fields highest priorities.
Converting from basketball, playing for Joe Paterno, and falling in the draft
Carter and Robinson II touch on a multitude of topics in this episode, and discover the many parallels between themselves. Both men are from the Midwest. Both grew up on the basketball court, and admit hoops to be their first love. Both thrived as wide receivers in the Big Ten, and did so in similar fashion, using their larger frames and basketball box outs. And both men fell in the NFL draft, despite receiving numerous accolades in the final college seasons, only to thrive at the NFL level ...
Also included in this episode:
- Robinson's charity work in the inter-cities
- His favorite coaches
...watch the full episode HERE.
Allen Robinson II was born and raised in Detroit. After an impressive prep basketball career, Robinson II chose to follow football (citing the fact the he was considered small for an NBA point guard, but big for an NFL wide receiver), accepting a scholarship to play for Penn State. At PSU, Robinson II was named a consensus All-American (2013) and twice named First-team All-Big Ten (2012, 2013).
After falling late into the second round of the NFL draft, Robinson II would ultimately be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a slow rookie season, Robinson II followed up with a breakout sophomore campaign, compiling 14 touchdown receptions (2015 NFL co-leader), 1,400 receiving yards, and being named to the Pro Bowl.
After four seasons in Jacksonville, Robinson II returned to the Midwest to play for the Chicago Bears. After posting back-to-back 1,100-plus yard years with Chicago (despite inconsistencies at QB), Robinson II is looking to jump back to Pro Bowl form with the help of Fields.