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Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson spoke to the media the day after rumors he wanted to be traded swirled around Tuesday. Robinson, who is easily the team’s best offensive player, has grown frustrated with negotiations over a new contract extension, but he did not request a trade, his agent Brandon Parker said late Tuesday.

Brandon Parker, agent for Bears’ WR Allen Robinson, said he and his client have not requested a trade. However Robinson, who is in the last year of his contract, is unhappy that Chicago has been unwilling to pay him market value for wide receivers.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2020

Bears head coach Matt Nagy also talked to reporters Wednesday, and he said he had a “great conversation” with his star wideout, and he seemed to suggest the team was planning on keeping Robinson around for awhile.

Nagy on Allen Robinson situation: "We talk about things. I had a great conversation with Allen. Our players all realize the history we have here in regards to taking care of guys. Hes confident that we want him to be here."

— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) September 16, 2020

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Nagy on Robinson: ‘Super Individual, Super Player’

The Bears head coach said he had “zero concern” about whether Robinson felt valued by the team, and he also went on to praise Robinson’s skill set, as well as his character on the field and off. “Allen Robinson is a super individual and super player,” Nagy said.

Bears HC Matt Nagy: "Allen Robinson is a super individual and super player."

— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) September 16, 2020

Robinson then fielded tough questions from the media, and he spoke about his current team in respectful and sometimes glowing terms. When he was asked about his relationship with his coach, Robinson said he and Nagy “have a great relationship,” adding: “Coach Nagy’s my guy. I enjoy playing for him.”

Asked if he was frustrated about current contract negotiations, Robinson said he was “Putting yesterday behind and moving forward,” noting he was now focused on the Bears’ next game against the Giants. “It’s not gonna be a distraction for me,” he said about the week’s events thus far.

A-Rob Shares Whether He Thinks He’ll Finish the Season a Bear

“I didn’t know what would come from it,” Robinson said when he was asked why he deleted all things Bears-related from his Instagram. He also said deleting photos of himself in a Bears uniform “Took some emotion. I think everybody knows the passion I have for the game, the passion I have for the city of Chicago.” He didn’t exactly state the reason he did it, but it seems pretty clearly to be a negotiation tactic.

Robinson also noted that he appreciated his teammates having his back after several, including Tarik Cohen and Anthony Miller, took to Twitter urging the team to extend him. “Those guys in that locker room is what makes playing special,” A-Rob said. Nagy was also supportive of it, saying: “That just goes to show the type of culture we have here and the players believing in each other.”

Bears HC Matt Nagy On the social media support Allen Robinson has received from teammates: "That just goes to show the type of culture we have here and the players believing in each other."

— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) September 16, 2020

Does he see himself finishing the season in Chicago? “Yeah, I would say so,” Robinson said, adding he has already spoken to general manager Ryan Pace in addition to Nagy. “My heart and spirit has never wavered,” Robinson said about his love of the Bears’ organization. “What you’re seeing is part of the nature of the business.”

He also took a moment to thank the myriad fans who voiced their support for him on social media as trade rumors flew. “As always I appreciate 1000 percent the fan base we have here in Chicago and the love and support … it’s been nothing but love from them since day 1.”

Considering how confusing and messy the entire situation was just a day ago, it’s a good sign both Nagy and Robinson seem to have put it behind them, while also moving forward.

Hard to imagine a head coach and player publicly handling a contract dispute the way Matt Nagy and Allen Robinson just did.

These things are tough. Its clear the respect is still there.

— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 16, 2020

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Focus on New York Giants: Battered 49ers get another injury break

What if we told you the 49ers have actually had some good fortune with injuries this season?

Would you call us crazy? Delusional? Maybe worse?

Before getting too worked up and start rattling off the long list of the 49ers’ wounded, consider that this coming Sunday could be the second consecutive game San Francisco’s opponent will be without both its star running back and top wide receiver.

The New York Giants will welcome the 49ers back to their house of horrors — aka MetLife Stadium — without Saquon Barkley, perhaps the NFL’s best running back, who went down with a season-ending torn ACL during his team’s 17-13 loss to the Bears. Sterling Shepard, the Giants’ No. 1 receiver, limped off the field with a toe injury at the end of the first half and may not face the 49ers either.

The Giants’ injury woes not only stack up with some of those suffered by the 49ers, they mirror the pain endured by the Jets, who were walloped by San Francisco Sunday with star injured tailback Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) and top receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) nowhere to be found.

That’s not to suggest the 49ers aren’t plenty good enough on their own to easily dispose of the likes of the Jets and Giants. It’s just a reminder that NFL injuries really don’t discriminate.

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GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (1-1) vs. Giants (0-2) at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday at 10 a.m. on Fox-TV (Ch. 2). ODDS: 49ers -6.5.

THREE REASONS FOR 49ERS’ OPTIMISM:

Giants’ line struggles continue

After a rough Week 1, the Giants’ line play was only slightly better in their loss to the Bears on Sunday. New York’s offensive linemen have allowed an eye-popping 56 pressures through two games, just one fewer than the Texans’ NFL worst 57. The Giants line has only created enough room for 104 yards rushing, including just six from Barkley a week ago. Most concerning for the Giants has been the play of rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas, the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. Thomas, who was the Giants’ highest-picked offensive lineman since 1974, was regularly beaten in pass protection against the Bears. Of course, the Bears have Khalil Mack rushing the passer. Even the Raiders will admit he’s no ordinary guy.

Taking a run at the Giants

Should Nick Mullens get the start at quarterback over Jimmy Garappolo (high-ankle sprain), we can probably expect a heavy dose of running the ball for the 49ers — with whomever is healthy enough to run the ball. The Giants’ defensive linemen — Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence and BJ Hill — get solid grades as run-stuffers, according to ProFootballFocus.com. But the foursome couldn’t prevent the Steelers and Bears from piling up 141 yards and 135 yards, respectively, against the Giants this season. But New York also had the league’s fourth-worst pass-rush grade last season among linemen. The general lack of pressure up front has made it easier for Ben Roethlisberger and Mitch Trubisky to attack Giants defensive backs not named James Bradberry — mainly Corey Ballentine and Isaac Yiadom. Staying clear of Bradberry is probably wise for the 49ers, considering he’s coming off another outstanding game — he had an interception, three passes broken up and allowed just one catch on six targets against the Bears. Bradberry earned PFF’s highest grade — 91.6 — of any NFL defender in Week 2.

Giants’ now-depleted running attack

You obviously just don’t get over the loss of a premier back such as Barkley, and the Giants don’t seem equipped to be able to rebound from his loss. The discouraging thing about the loss of Barkley is that New York already had enough trouble running the ball with him in the game. He only gained 34 yards in 19 carries over the 1 1/2 games he played this season. Overall, Giants have just 55 yards on 30 carries. Veteran Dion Lewis, who took most of the snaps after Barkley was hurt, had just 20 yards on 10 carries. Lewis, who turns 30 next week, has primarily been a third-down specialist for the Titans, Patriots and Eagles. It’s possible Wayne Gallman, who was a healthy scratch Sunday, will be the man to step into Barkley’s shoes. It was Gallman who took over an injured Barkley’s load in Week 3 last year and had 118 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Related Articles

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THREE REASONS FOR 49ERS’ PESSIMISM:

In Mullens we trust?

Jimmy Garoppolo’s high-ankle sprain could very well prevent him from playing, according to reports, which means it’s Nick Mullens time again. Forced into second-half duty in the 49ers’ win over the Jets, Mullens looked like a man who hasn’t thrown a pass in two years, which, coincidentally, was the case Sunday. His last real action came in 2018 when he started eight games after Garoppolo tore his ACL. Mullens started eight games — with just three wins — and threw for 2,277 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On Sunday, Mullens completed 8-of-11 passes for 71 yards, but he threw an interception and didn’t appear confident in the pocket. He was sacked twice and if the 25-year-old isn’t able to settle down against the Giants, the 49ers may be in a little trouble.

Have you seen the 49ers’ injury list?

The Giants will enter Sunday’s game as an underdog, but they also won’t have to worry about a lot of the 49ers’ top level talent. While still talented, the 49ers’ talent advantage takes a hit if they’re without Garoppolo, Nick Bosa (knee), George Kittle (knee), Raheem Mostert (knee), Richard Sherman (calf) and Deebo Samuel (foot), as many expect. The 49ers who will suit up are probably dreading having to venture back onto the “sticky” artificial turf at MetLife Stadium. “It was something our guys were concerned about right away,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday. “And the results definitely made that stronger. Unfortunately, it’s a place we have to go back to next week.”

A matchup nightmare?

When things went wrong, the Giants got creative. With both Barkley and Shepard knocked out of Sunday’s game with injuries, New York slid tight end Evan Engram way down the line to wide receiver. He played 35 snaps at receiver and 28 at tight end. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Engram was a tough matchup for Bears and he grabbed a team-leading six passes for a team-best 65 yards Sunday while flashing some of his rookie-season magic. He could very well cause similar issues for 49ers corners, should the Giants flank him out again. The Giants’ 2017 No. 1 pick has set 18 team records for a tight end, most of them as a rookie while catching 64 passes for 722 yards and six touchdowns. But injuries limited Engram to just 14 games the past two seasons — he was stellar when on the field, though, catching 44 catches in just six games last year.


PROBABLE DIFFERENCE-MAKER: Daniel Jones.

No one said it was fair, but Saquon Barkley’s unfortunate injury means the second-year quarterback from Duke will have to carry the load offensively from here on out. The Giants need Jones to quickly outgrow his growing pains if they are to have a shot this season. First up is a banged-up 49ers defense. Should Jones duplicate his passing performance against Chicago when he faces the 49ers, it probably spells trouble for New York. Jones went 25-of-40 for 241 yards and an interception for a 68.9 passer rating. He was also sacked four times and lost a fumble against the Bears — Jones led the NFL with a whopping 18 fumbles as a rookie. Jones also failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 14 career starts.

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