New England Patriots Rumors: 3 midseason wide receiver trade targets

Wide receiver Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /
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New England Patriots wide receiver Allen Robinson #12 (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

New England Patriots trade target No. 1: Allen Robinson

You almost have to feel bad for Allen Robinson. He’s dealt with an assorted cast of subpar quarterbacks throughout his entire career, and has still managed to turn himself into one of the top wide receivers in the game. It seems like the lack of consistency at quarterback is finally catching up to him though, as Robinson has crawled out of the gate to a frighteningly slow start (17 REC, 181 YDS, 1 TD through five games).

It’s been an interesting start to the season as a whole for the Chicago Bears, as they were basically forced to turn things over to rookie quarterback Justin Fields. Fields has been solid in his first few starts, but he has rarely looked Robinson’s way. Robinson was rumored to be looking for a trade over the offseason, and his lack of usage early on could force him to look for a move before the trade deadline.

Of the potential available wide receivers, Robinson is clearly the best of the bunch. He just put up back-to-back 1000 yard receiving seasons despite dealing with Mitchell Trubisky for the majority of the time. Think about what this guy could do in a competent offense.

Now I’m not saying the Patriots offense is a massive step up over the Bears offense, but Jones has been a bit more consistent than Fields to start the season, and would certainly be looking Robinson’s way more often than Fields has. Robinson would immediately come in and be New England’s top receiver, and his presence would instantly make the Pats offense ten times more dangerous.

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The Patriots offense as constructed doesn’t really have a guy that draws a defenses’ full attention, but Robinson could be that guy. Even if he gets locked up, it opens up the rest of the offense in a way that we haven’t seen so far this season. He may cost you more than some of the other guys available, but if Robinson becomes available, the New England Patriots should absolutely look to bring him on board.