Aldrick Robinson eager to prove he’s more than a deep-ball threat


Aldrick Robinson squeezes between Lee Doss, left, and Akeem Jordan during offseason practices in June. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — Countless wide receivers would love to claim to be a deep-ball threat for an NFL team. Friday at Redskins training camp, Aldrick Robinson grabbed two huge receptions — one deep throw from Robert Griffin III, another from Kirk Cousins — to embellish that reputation.

But Robinson says he’d love to shed the tag in his third fourth season in Washington, eager to establish himself as an all-around wide receiver.

“I get that all the time because of how fast I am,” said Robinson, 25, whose 20.3 yards per catch led the team last season. “I’ve had a lot of big plays in my career. I have one-catch games, 68 yards, one touchdown. It’s not a bad stat, but it’s all you see. You don’t see hitches and slants. You see it in preseason, but during the season you don’t really see it. I just continue to work. When I get my chance to be an all-around receiver, I’ll be there.”

A former track star in his native Texas, Robinson says he could have contended for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team had he devoted himself exclusively to the 100 and 200 meters.

“I probably couldn’t beat Usain Bolt,” he concedes, “but I would have tried.”

Instead, he focused on football at Southern Methodist and was drafted by the Redskins in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.

Entering the 2014 season, no Redskins unit has been re-made more dramatically than the wide receivers. The signing of DeSean Jackson trumped Robinson’s claim as being the squad’s faster receiver. Recently acquired Andre Roberts gives the team yet another speedster.

Robinson, who switched to a No. 15 jersey so Jackson could wear No. 11, says that watching Jackson up close is only making him better.

“He continues to prove himself every single year,” Robinson said. “I want to do that when I get a chance.”

During a visit to camp earlier this week, former Redskins wide receiver Gary Clark told ESPN’s John Keim that he felt this year’s receiving corps might be better than the bunch he played with, which included Art Monk and Ricky Sanders.

“Look at the competition,” Robinson said of the 12 receivers on the camp roster. “You’ve got guys out there making great plays. You’ve got rookies coming in looking like two- or three-year players. You’ve got Ryan Grant looking like he’s been here four years. The competition and depth is crazy. It’s going to be a tough decision at the end of the day.”

What’s ahead:

Washington has a walk-through Friday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. Here’s our camp guide, if you’re planning to attend.

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Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post, she has also covered five Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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