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Aldrick Robinson Considering Strong Preseason Game A Start
ASHBURN – Aldrick Robinson caught six passes in the Washington Redskins’ 33-31 loss at Chicago on Saturday, but only one, he believes, truly showed his greatest attribute – his speed.
Robinson scored a touchdown on a 49-yard reception with 9:53 left in the fourth quarter, with approximately 35 of those yards coming after the catch.
It was a tough one to make; the ball was tipped by Chicago safety Anthony Walters at the 42-yard line, and Robinson, running a 15-yard hitch, had to leap to snag a ball he expected to be at his waist. He avoided two tacklers, turned and outran four Chicago defenders in a sprint to the end zone.
Robinson’s only disappointment came in that he didn’t get a chance to run down a deep ball. Still, he caught his six passes on five different routes, finishing with a game-high 104 yards.
“It definitely let them know that I’m not a one-trick pony,” Robinson said. “I can definitely play in between the numbers. I can play outside the numbers. Like you said, I didn’t catch one deep ball, and that’s my main attribute, so it feels good to get the yards that I did the way that I did.”
The 5-foot-10, 181-pound Robinson is entering his second year, and he has said the owners’ lockout last summer, which prevented him from getting his playbook until the start of training camp, was a big reason why he spent all but the final week of the season on the practice squad.
He now knows the playbook and is comfortable with his route-running, and his goal is to make the Redskins’ 53-man roster.
“He’s gotten better through this offseason,” said head coach Mike Shanahan. “I think it has really helped him, and you can see the rewards and how he’s handled himself in game situations as well.”
That catch, Robinson said, gave him positive reassurance that he is improving, even as his chances of making the roster are uncertain.
“It felt good to actually get in the open field right there so I can use my speed and get into the end zone,” Robinson said. “It felt good.”