Wan’Dale Robinson’s rookie season was trending up, with his most productive game of the season coming in Week 11. There will be no Week 12 for Robinson, though. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday’s 31-18 loss to the Lions.
Robinson’s rookie season is done. He caught nine passes for 100 yards against the Lions — both season highs for him — but went down on the first play of the fourth quarter, after catching a pass on the right side that picked up six yards.
Robinson, a 2022 second-round draft pick from Kentucky, battled a hamstring injury earlier in the season and played in only six games. He ends his rookie year with 23 receptions for 227 yards and one touchdown.
“He was really trending in the right direction, really feeling healthy and had quickness,’’ coach Brian Daboll said Monday morning.
Robinson’s loss depletes an already depleted position, with Sterling Shepard done for the season with a torn ACL, Kadarius Toney traded away to the Chiefs and Kenny Golladay mostly a non-factor this season. The Giants will meet with free agent Odell Beckham Jr. after Thanksgiving and there is certainly a need for reinforcements at wide receiver.
Beckham, 30, is coming off a second ACL reconstruction in the same knee. He will also meet with the Cowboys. The Giants have interest in their 2014 first-round pick but this is a new front office regime and the first order of business is determining if Beckham can pass a physical and make a meaningful contribution down the stretch of this season. There are also financial considerations. The Giants are not going to commit big money to Beckham in 2023.
The receiver situation is a mess. With Robinson gone, the main targets are Darius Slayton, Golladay, Isaiah Hodgins, Richie James and Marcus Johnson.
The timing of this injury is bad for Robinson, as he will undergo surgery and might not be ready for the start of the 2023 season.