With the acquisition of wide receiver Allen Robinson by the Pittsburgh Steelers finalized, it was announced by the Steelers on Twitter that Robinson will wearing No. 11 with the Steelers. Robinson wore No. 1 last season with the Los Angeles Rams.
Robinson’s never worn No. 11 in his career, but it will be the fourth different number he’s rocked since entering the NFL in 2014. He was No. 15 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and No. 12 with the Chicago Bears. Obviously, the last player to wear No. 11 for the Steelers was wide receiver Chase Claypool, who the team traded to the Bears during the 2022 trade deadline. Other notable No. 11s in Pittsburgh include Donte Moncrief, Stefon Logan and Markus Wheaton. Hopefully, Robinson can get more production out of the number than the failed list of No. 11 wide receivers who have come before him.
Robinson’s acquisition gives the Steelers another slot option and adds a former Pro Bowler and a good mentor to the receiver room. Not only will Robinson make life easier for Kenny Pickett, but he can mentor guys like George Pickens and Calvin Austin III and help them develop on and off the field.
While he’s coming off a season with just 33 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns, Robinson is a proven asset who should elevate the Steelers receiver room in a multitude of ways. He’s had three seasons with over 1,000 yards, and he’s never really had a good quarterback throwing him the ball. Matthew Stafford wasn’t at his best last season as he dealt with injuries, and he caught passes from Mitch Trubisky and Justin Fields in Chicago coming off a stint as Blake Bortles’ favorite target in Jacksonville. Kenny Pickett could prove to be the best quarterback Robinson’s played with at the time he’s played with them.
The Steelers could still choose to address wide receiver in the draft with this essentially being a one-year deal for Robinson, but it becomes a lot less of a need now. Let’s see if the new No. 11 can ball out and give Steelers fans a positive association with the number.