Second-year receiver Aldrick Robinson will get more playing time beginning with this Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, coach Mike Shanahan said this week. Robinson injects some speed into an offense that is without No. 1 ‘X’ receiver Pierre Garcon and athletic tight end Fred Davis because of injuries.
“Every time I step on the field, I want to give that speed and give the defense a vertical threat,” Robinson said. “We’ve got a lot of fast receivers, but I definitely want to bring speed to the table.”
Robinson, a former sixth-round pick, played 70 percent of the Redskins‘ snaps through two games. He fell out of favor, though, and has played only 16 percent in his five games since. He missed the Week 4 game against Tampa Bay because of a concussion he suffered during a collision during pre-game warm-ups.
Robinson has eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown this season. Only two of those receptions and 22 yards came after Washington’s Week 2 loss to St. Louis. He cited his performance in that game as the reason for his demotion.
“It was mostly the blocking, getting involved in the run game,” he said. “Of course, the chance I had with the deep ball. I didn’t come down with that. A lot of things factored into that game, but it’s all behind me now. I’m looking forward.”
Shanahan was impressed by the stutter-go route Robinson ran against Pittsburgh last Sunday. Shanahan believed Robinson would have caught the ball for a 29-yard touchdown if cornerback Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis hadn’t illegally grabbed Robinson’s left arm before the ball arrived.
Robinson, at 5-10 and 181 pounds, is one of Washington’s smaller receivers. Because Shanahan places such a high emphasis on receivers blocking in the running game, Robinson understands that’s where he must improve the most.
“I’m a little small guy…so technique has got to be there and physicality has got to be there,” Robinson said. “I’ve just got to be physical and be ready to block.”