Trenton Robinson aims to capitalize with Redskins’ safety ranks thin

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Brandon Meriweather’s impending two-game suspension has created the opportunity for second-year pro Bacarri Rambo to further prove himself to coaches. But he’s not the only player that could benefit from the situation.

Third-year safety Trenton Robinson enters the fourth preseason game seeking to capitalize on increased playing time as he fights to remain in the mix.

Robinson signed with Washington five games into the 2013 season and contributed almost exclusively on special teams. Robinson, this preseason, has seen most of his playing time on special teams again, while also receiving snaps at free safety with the third unit behind Ryan Clark and Rambo.

However, Meriweather’s punishment thins the ranks a bit for Washington. Another injury for Phillip Thomas also leaves the Redskins shorthanded.

Robinson expects to see time at both safety positions in the preseason finale. He already would have played more because the starters will receive the night off. But now Robinson will try to showcase greater versatility as coaches try to evaluate him, along with Rambo, undrafted rookie Akeem Davis and first-year pro Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith.

“We’re going to go into this fourth preseason game, play it out and just keep working,” Robinson said.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Robinson, who racked up six tackles in the preseason opener against New England and ranked among last year’s leading tacklers on special teams, said he doesn’t anticipate struggles at strong safety.

“Coach Rah coaches us up to play both positions,” he said referring to defensive backs coach Raheem Morris. “So everybody on the back end can play both. It’s interchangeable the way he coaches it. It’s beneficial because if motion happens, the free safety could instantly become the strong safety. I just hope to continue to keep playing the way I have this preseason, just fast and hard and make some plays.”

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