1. WR coach Mike Furrey really appreciates the level of maturity that Allen Robinson brings to the Bears’ WR room, even though he’s just 25.
“Have you seen my other guys that are in the room?” Furrey said, laughing. “But it’s great. We have an awesome room.”
The room includes the exuberance of youth, with rookies Anthony Miller and Javon Wims, along with Kevin White (26), Taylor Gabriel (27) and ultra-talkative Josh Bellamy (29), who seems to have an unlimited supply of energy and patter.
“When ‘A-Rob’ goes out and plays and practices, you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s a leader,’ ” Furrey said.
“And then you’ve got the other guys like Taylor and ‘A-Mill’ and ‘JB’ are so happy and blessed to be here. They’re smiling all the time, they’re having fun, they’re out there dancing, they’re energetic. It’s a good mix of guys, especially with the experience and the inexperience. (It’s) great having them see A-Rob, and say, ‘Hey, that’s how you practice. I need to try that.’ ”
Only Wims and Miller are younger than Robinson, but the former Jaguar’s business-like approach and five years’ experience make him wise beyond his years.
“He’s a professional,” Furrey said. “It’s his job, so he comes in and gets guys going, whether it’s studying film or studying the opponent. He’s got that alpha to him where, ‘This is our job, and let’s go out and do the best that we can at it.’ That’s a good presence to have.”
That professionalism should make it easy for Robinson to pick up where he left off with QB Mitch Trubisky, even though he’s missed the past two games with a groin injury.
“The biggest thing is trust,” Furrey said. “Mitch trusts A-Rob. So he hasn’t been there the last couple weeks. It’s not like he won’t trust him anymore. That’s the biggest thing is having that chemistry.”