WR Aldrick Robinson - Atlanta Falcons
|5-10, 184||Born: 9-24-1988||College: SMU||Drafted: Round 6|
Week 21: vs New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. First things first - Julio Jones (toe, foot) said on Wednesday, February 1 that he's ready to go and doesn't expect his foot injuries to limit him in the Super Bowl. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (toe) 'looked great' in the Monday, January 30 practice. Jones averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game in 2016, and he is he first player in NFL history to average more than 100 receiving yards per game in four different seasons. He was a one-man wrecking crew against the Packers two weekends ago, with 12 targets for 9/180/2 receiving, playing through pain from his foot and toe injuries. How hot is the Atlanta passing offense entering Super Bowl LI? Well, Matt Ryan is the only quarterback in playoff history to throw for at least three touchdowns in four straight playoff games. So far this post-season, Ryan has thrown seven passing scores, with 26/37 for 338 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown against the Seahawks two games ago (he took three sacks for -15 yards), and then a jaw-dropping 27/38 for 392 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken, during the 44-21 demolition of Green Bay two weekends ago. Beside Jones' outstanding performance, Mohamed Sanu (1/7/0 rushing with seven targets for 5/52/1 receiving) and Devonta Freeman (five for 4/42/1) also scored against the Packers. With 730 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown so far during the playoffs, Ryan and the Falcons enter the Super Bowl flying high in this phase of the game. Two games ago, Brock Osweiler struggled at Gillette Stadium, throwing 23/40 for 198 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions, while taking three sacks for -17 yards. Ben Roethlisberger fared a little better, with 31/47 for 314 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (with zero sacks taken), but his team still lost 17-36. During the post-season, New England has averaged 247 net passing yards allowed per game, with two TDs surrendered vs. four interceptions generated - during regular season the Patriots ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 237.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 13 interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 34 sacks (tie-16th) generated. Over the final three weeks of regular season, New England averaged a mere 11.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); 18.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers (13th-least) and just 3.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (sixth-least). As you can see, they have been close to their season average in passing yards allowed, but have generated more interceptions than usual this season during the post-season. Ryan is playing at an other-worldly level during the post-season, while the Patriots' pass defense has been adequate, but allowed 314 net yards passing to the Steelers most recently - this is a neutral matchup for the powerful Atlanta offense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 19 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Robinson got open on a deep slant off a play action partial roll on 2nd and 10 with 13:20 in the half, but got overthrown. It was the extent of his day.
2016 Week 17 vs NO (2 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
He gained 17 on a route up the left sideline on a play from midfield in the second quarter, leading to a touchdown pass to Sanu later in the drive. Late in the half, Robinson struck again with a 19-yard catch up the right sideline.
2016 Week 16 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Ryan found Robinson in the middle of the field with his third read for a first down near midfield to begin the third drive.
2016 Week 15 vs SF (5 / 4 / 111 / 0 rec)
With Julio Jones out of the lineup, Robinson was the biggest benefactor against the 49ers. After a season-high six targets last week, Robinson followed it up with five looks this week despite Atlanta throwing just 24 passes on the game. Robinson came wide open on a slant route in the first half for a catch-and-run of 59 yards. One of Matt Ryan's best throws of the game came on a roll-out deep comeback route to Robinson in the third quarter. With Atlanta taking their foot off the pedal by the mid-fourth quarter, Robinson's career day was accrued in just the opening three quarters of action.
2016 Week 14 vs LA (6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
The reserve subbing for an injured Mohamed Sanu earned 25 yards on a deep out during the fourth series against off man coverage. During the firth series he caught a quick out for five yards in the fifth series and with less than four minutes in the half, he earned 8 on a stick route over the middle. His work on the outside twin paired with Taylor Gabriel in the third quarter drew the attention of the safety and left Gabriel open on a deep cross for a 64-yard score.
2016 Week 13 vs KC (3 / 2 / 18 / 1 rec)
Robinson earned yards up the left seam for a first down during the third series. He later saw a target in the red zone on a post route that was well defended and scored the go-ahead three plays later for a short-lived, one-point lead. He could earn more targets if Julio Jones and/or Mohammed Sanu miss significant time.
2016 Week 10 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Stuffed on a tunnel screen for a minimal during the third drive of the game, this two-yard catch was the only target he saw.
2016 Week 7 vs SD (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He couldn't catch the sideline throw to the right boundary in the second half midway through the third quarter. It was his best opportunity all game.
2016 Week 6 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
He dropped a comeback off a designed roll out inside Seattle's 36 and later made a catch for eight yards.
2016 Week 5 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Robinson's only target was cut off by Chris Harris; a timing route in the early second quarter.
2016 Week 4 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 48 / 1 rec)
The receiver was targeted on an outside curl but defensed by cornerback Berne Benwikere in the mid-third quarter. A few plays later, Robinson caught a slant. He scored on Benwikere later with a nice double move up the left side and a catch just inside the boundary for 35 yards.
2016 Week 3 vs NO (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Robinson caught a crossing route for four yards at the end of the first quarter inside the Saints 20 during the second drive. Like the rest of the receiving corps, they were almost superfluous in light of the running backs' production on the ground and through the air.
2016 Week 2 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Robinson had two key gains in this game. He caught a play-action pass from an I formation set on a comeback route for 19 yards to get Atlanta inside the Raiders' 30 early in the game. He also earned 10 yards on a low throw while running a 3rd and 10 crossing route, earning the first down and extending the drive in Atlanta's fourth series of the game and this led to a touchdown.
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