What should KC Chiefs fans expect out of Demarcus Robinson in his fifth year with the organization?
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Demarcus Robinson with the 126th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The fourth round pick out of Florida wasn’t given a ton of thought entering his rookie season, especially with him having some off the field issues entering his professional career.
Well, Robinson was only present on special teams during the course of his rookie season and wasn’t targeted once offensively. Year two saw him grab 21 catches for 212 yards and he scored his first touchdown during the playoffs that year.
Year three, Robinson had just one more reception than the previous season, but totaled 288 yards and four touchdowns. This was also his first season with Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback, which is definitely noteworthy.
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This past season was Robinson’s best yet, as he hauled in 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns. Even with that being the case, there were higher expectations for Robinson in his fourth year and with it being a contract year, the incentive to put up better numbers was a big one.
Instead, Robinson was outshined by rookie Mecole Hardman and that’s likely why he didn’t get the big time contract that he was expecting. After not getting buzz on the free agent market, Robinson ended up returning to Kansas City on a one-year deal and now the pressure is on for the former Florida Gator.
Demarcus Robinson is the KC Chiefs’ WR4 heading into the 2020 season.
With Tyreek Hill as the obvious number one option, Sammy Watkins as the WR2, and Hardman surpassing him on the depth chart last year, Robinson is now the WR4, a role which he’s grown into during his time in the league.
This isn’t a bad thing by any means. Robinson’s 449 yards last season were solid for a WR4, but a lot of those numbers came from his dominating performance against the Raiders where he had six catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns. That came when Hill was injured and missing an extended period of time, but after that insane show in the Black Hole, Robinson didn’t really wow again.
The Kansas City Chiefs were fortunate that Robinson was able to contribute something and while it’d have been nice for him to have emerged as something higher up on the depth chart, teams need a WR4 to step up from time to time, even Super Bowl champions.
Demarcus Robinson might be out for blood this season, as once again, it’ll be contract season for the former fourth rounder. At best though, another 400+ yard and four or five touchdown season seems imminent for Robinson in year five.
How do you think Demarcus Robinson will do in the 2020 season?