Searching for a spark on offense that sorely lacks speed with Pierre Garcon still sidelined and Fred Davis lost for the year, the Washington Redskins plan to work receiver Aldrick Robinson back into their gameplan, coach Mike Shanahan said.
Robinson — a second-year pro out of SMU, who boasts 4.35-second speed in the 40-yard dash– beat out 2011 holdovers Anthony Armstrong and Terrence Austin for a spot on Washington’s 53-man roster after a strong preseason. And in Week 1, when Garcon left the game with his toe injury, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound Robinson took his place and recorded four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Robinson started in Week 2 against St. Louis and had two catches for 40 yards, but dropped a deep pass from Robert Griffin III that could have given Washington a fourth-quarter lead in an eventual 31-28 loss.
“I dropped a pass, and I missed a couple blocks, so I looked a little average. It wasn’t a good game for me,” said Robinson, who has played only sparingly since, recording just one catch for 10 yards. “I’ve been doing the same things, practicing hard and looking good in practices. They’ve been seeing that and they want to see it in a game now.”
Robinson got an opportunity in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. Griffin targeted him on a 29-yard pass in the end zone, but Robinson – heavily covered by Steelers defensive back Keenan Lewis – narrowly missed making the catch. The Redskins believed that the play should have drawn a pass interference call, but no flag was thrown.
“There’s a picture of it online where he had my arm,” Robinson said. “He had my arm, so I could only have one arm under it. I tried to scoop it, but couldn’t. The ref didn’t make a call, but I still have to try to make the catch.”
Despite not coming up with the catch, Robinson showed coaches that he deserves more opportunities, Shanahan said Wednesday. The coach added that, in addition to the near touchdown, Robinson impressed coaches on several other pass routes, though he wasn’t targeted on those plays.
“Aldrick has gotten back in the mix,” Shanahan said. “When Pierre went down early, he had a pretty good game. We expect him to play at a high level, so he’s going to get some more playing time.”
Robinson didn’t know if he would start against Carolina this Sunday, but his goal is to make an impact whenever he gets the opportunity, and he hopes that he can remain in the lineup.
“It’s a good chance for me,” Robinson said. “I had an opportunity after the Saints game to establish myself after the Saints game, and now this is another chance. … I’m putting more focus in it and attention to the details, and trying to make the most of this second chance.”