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Laurent Robinson Off To San Diego

The Rams acquired Laurent Robinson before the 2009 season and a few games into that season, Robinson looked to be a revelation with size and good hands.  But before he could get going at full speed, he was lost for the season with a foot injury.  Robinson was a good surprise for Rams fans that season and Football Outsiders’ metrics agreed and gave him a grade of 4.7% value over average on only 23 passes thrown his way.

However, 2010 was another story entirely.  Robinson played about as poorly as a wide receiver could with a Football Outsiders VOA of -36.6% and an abysmal catch rate of 46% of the passes thrown his way.  He was the 2nd worst WR in the NFL with a minimum of 50 passes thrown their way.  But, due to the injuries to Donnie Avery, Mark Clayton and Danario Alexander, Laurent Robinson was continually forced into action with the Rams offense.  There was one horrendous drop for Robinson in the Week 17 game against Seattle in which he dropped a pass along the sideline that would have given the Rams a first down inside the 10.  But, instead of focusing on the ball, he was looking at his feet that were already clearly down.

However, by all accounts Robinson is a good guy who’s speed and leaping ability were sapped by injuries and it only got worse as he fell into a funk during the 2010 season.  With a few additions like Mike Sims-Walker and the return to health of the rest of their WR corps, the Rams no longer needed Robinson and did not attempt to resign him.  He found a job with the Chargers and we wish him the best of luck there.


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