Washington Redskins’ 2nd year receiver, Aldrick Robinson may have made a big enough impression with the Redskins’ coaching staff that his battle at WR could be his job to lose. The 2011 6th round pick could have a major role with Washington this season, serving as a reserve slot receiver and main kick/punt returner.
Head Coach, Mike Shanahan hinted in a recent interview that it was too easy for him to form the 53-man roster last season. It’s obvious, Shanahan has put emphasis on bringing in players with big-play ability. In OTA’s and mini-camp, the raw receiver drafted a year ago looked much more polished and prepared for the upcoming season. Aldrick was one of a few players that spent most of the off-season training at Redskins Park.
Last season, Anthony Armstrong made it in Mike Shanahan’s dog house, which is difficult to get out of. So far this off-season, Aldrick Robinson could have already trumped Armstrong on the depth chart. His ability to get off the line quickly and separate has caught the eyes of Washington’s coaching staff.
Brandon Banks is another player that I believe Shanahan felt didn’t have much competition last off-season. This year, Shanahan says Banks will have to make the team as a receiver. That will most likely not happen. Aldrick Robinson is capable of returning kicks and playing receiver. All signs point to it being his job to lose. The Redskins coaching staff is counting on Robinson to be a much more polished player than they drafted a year ago. Aldrick spent majority of the ’11 season on practice squad, working on his craft. Now, he just has to prove that the game isn’t too big for him. In pre-season last year, he just wasn’t ready, but his time could be now.
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