A group of reporters huddled around Aldrick Robinsonâ€™s locker at Redskins Park Monday afternoon, but before anyone could ask a question, quarterback Robert Griffin III called out to Robinson, reminding him of an obligation he had to fulfill.
The second-year wide receiver hung his head, covered his face with his hands, and then looked up and said, â€śBaylor beat SMU. Handily.â€ť
Griffin cackled with delight and then offered to find a Baylor T-shirt for Robinson.
â€śNah, you canâ€™t do that. You canâ€™t do that. Thatâ€™s against the rules,â€ť Robinson protested with a chuckle.
The 59-24 thrashing that Griffinâ€™s Baylor Bears handed Robinsonâ€™s Southern Methodist Mustangs the day before still stung. But Robinson quickly shifted his focus to more pleasant thoughts.
Â This time last year, he had gotten cut by the Redskins after a struggle-filled preseason, and then was re-signed to the practice squad and faced little chance of a promotion and opportunity to see the field.
This year, Robinson, after a strong training camp and preseason, survived Fridayâ€™s roster cuts to make the 53-man roster, and aims to earn a regular spot in the game-day rotation with Santana Moss at slot receiver.
â€śIt felt good. It was a great feeling,â€ť Robinson said of the moment he learned he had made the team.
Â Redskins coaches saw a faster, more confident Robinson this preseason. With a year of practices under his belt, he was able to play without hesitation. And a year after getting left off the roster even though Washington carried eight other receivers, Robinson forced his way into the competition.
Â â€śMy route running, my consistency, just knowing the offense [has improved],â€ť Robinson said. â€śKnowing the offense is the big thing, because then I can use my speed.
Robinson had his best outing against Chicago with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. After that, Coach Mike Shanahan often mentioned Robinson as one of punt/kick return man Brandon Banksâ€™s top challengers for a roster spot.
Â It was learned late Friday morning that Banks made the team, but Robinson wasnâ€™t worried.
Â He said his wife was charting roster cuts reported on Twitter by reporters on the Redskinsâ€™ beat, so that â€“ coupled with the way the roster was formed last season â€“ helped Robinsonâ€™s confidence.
Last year we kept a lot of receivers, so I felt that we might do the same thing, and I started looking at other positions,â€ť Robinson said. â€śSo, I still felt good after Brandon made the team.â€ť
Robinson wound up beating out Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin for a spot on the receiving unit.
Â But he isnâ€™t satisfied yet. Although he has made the roster, he must continue to impress coaches so they feel the need to include him on the 46-man game-day roster rather than select him as one of the seven inactive players.
â€śI canâ€™t just stop here. Iâ€™ve got to make plays for this team,â€ť Robinson said.