Bijan Robinson was electric in the Falcons Week 2 matchup against the Packers, totaling 172 yards from scrimmage on just 23 touches. However, while the stat line was impressive, the tape was even more eye-popping.
Robinson seems to be moving at a different speed than the rest of the guys on the field. Every time he cuts, he leaves a defender flying yards past him as he moves on to the next level of the defense. Arthur Smith leaned on him early and often against the Packers, particularly when the game was on the line. Atlanta’s offensive front is as good as any in the league when it comes to run blocking, but it is plays like these on fourth down that aren’t blocked perfectly that encapsulate everything Bijan Robinson brings to the field on Sundays.
BIJAN ROBINSON HAD HIS FIRST 100 YARD RUSHING GAME TODAY.
124 rushing yards (6.5 ypc)
48 rushing yards
— 𝙁𝙖𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙚 (@ATLFalconsMuse) September 17, 2023
That play was the difference of the game, and Bijan Robinson was the player of the game. Every time the Falcons put the ball in his hands, he delivered, so it’s no surprise he was among PFF’s highest graded rookies for Week 2.
Bijan Robinson has already established himself as the clear frontrunner for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, but we could be talking about even bigger things from him at the end of the season. He’s already one of the best running backs in all of football, and he’s in the perfect offense to make the most of his skill set under Arthur Smith in Atlanta.
It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Bijan Robinson leads all players in scrimmage yards as a rookie, and if that happens, he could be in the Offensive Player of the Year category. There were a lot of questions about the Falcons drafting a running back 8th overall, but after just two weeks, those naysayers are becoming quieter by the day.
Photographer: John Adams/Icon Sportswire