Bijan Robinson reveals new role in Falcons’ new-look offense

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The Falcons are expecting Kirk Cousins and Zac Robinson to help their top 10 picks realize their full potential.

Kyle Pitts hasn’t sniffed the level of success he had in his rookie season. An MCL injury certainly contributed to those underwhelming results, but quarterback play was the driving factor. Drake London also hasn’t had that breakout campaign many expect out of a top 10 pick, and Bijan Robinson‘s first season was marred by overall inconsistent offensive play from the Falcons.

With Cousins and Zac Robinson in the fold, everyone is expecting big things from those three, and Bijan Robinson revealed a change to his role in Atlanta’s new-look offense. Apparently, the Falcons are deploying Bijan Robinson as ‘more of a runner’ who does everything else rather than a guy who does everything, per Justin Felder of Fox 5.

By most standards, Bijan Robinson’s rookie campaign was a roaring success. The 2023 No. 8 overall pick broke Atlanta’s record for yards from scrimmage by a rookie, posting 1,463 yards and eight total scores.

Robinson led the Falcons with four receiving touchdowns, was second in receptions with 58, third in targets at 86, and fourth in receiving yards with 487. During the first part of the season, it seemed Robinson was on track to have an Offensive Rookie of the Year kind of season.

Robinson rushed for 318 yards on 52 carries while adding 19 receptions for 134 yards, giving him 452 yards from scrimmage through the first four games of the season. However, through the rest of the season, Robinson was held under 40 yards rushing on six occasions while also having six games with two or fewer catches.

Christian McCaffrey, on the other hand, totaled 2,023 yards from scrimmage on 339 touches en route to Offensive Player of the Year honors. He totaled a league-leading 1,459 yards rushing and 564 yards receiving on 67 receptions for 21 total touchdowns.

Hell, if Bijan Robinson even sniffs that level of production, Atlanta will be extremely happy with their investment.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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