Aldrick Robinson was drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but never really got a chance to show what he can do because the Redskins had quite a few talented players at the position and couldn’t give Robinson a lot of playing time. After becoming a free agent this year, Robinson decided to sign with the Atlanta Falcons, who have a need at the receiver position. Because of how unproven he is, Robinson’s signing won’t have a significant impact on the Falcons NFL betting odds, but it could if he has a big season.
Mohammed Sanu, one of Robinson’s new teammates, was very impressed with what he saw from the fifth year veteran during training camp, that’s why he wasn’t surprised to see Robinson make explosive plays during their preseason game against the Redskins.
Despite the big plays Robinson made in the game, we will still need to see a bigger sample size before we can tell if it was just him being excited to go up against his former team or if he has really progressed that much since he signed with the Falcons.
Sanu told reporters after the game that from what he has seen Robinson do during training camp, Robinson is going to have an impact this season because he is a phenomenal player. Sanu said Robinson was very tentative at first, but he has become increasingly aggressive when running routes, and has significantly improved his game.
Sanu added that Robinson’s has great hands and is so fast that his teammates call him “gas,” because he is just too fast.
Against the Redskins, Robinson had a 68-yard reception to set up a touchdown and a 47 yarder that set up a field goal, which also impressed quarterback Matt Ryan. During the offseason, the Falcons lost receiver Roddy White, who holds most franchise receiving records, and signed Sanu as a replacement. If Robinson continues playing well, he might take the second receiver job from Sanu, or become the team’s third receiver.
Fellow receiver Justin Hardy said Robinson is one of those players that show up to camp ready to perform. Hardy also said seeing Robinson blow past defenders twice for big gains gives the team another deep threat to compliment Julio Jones, which will cause a lot of matchup problems for defenses if he keeps it going during the regular season.
Jones told reporters he also feels Robinson can be a big play receiver for the Falcons this season. When Robinson was told what Jones said, he echoed the Pro Bowler’s sentiments.
Despite all the glowing reviews Robinson got from teammates after their game against the Redskins, it is still too early to know what type of impact he will have on the team until we see how he performs the rest of the preseason.
If Robinson performs well, he will have a spot on the team’s final roster and could even become a starter, but if he doesn’t, he could be cut and signed to the practice roster like he was with the Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens last season.
However, from what we have heard out of the Falcon’s camp so far, Robinson is all but assured a spot on the team.