RICHMOND—Aldrick Robinson was not targeted once in the Redskins’ final six games last season.
Now, he’s consistently one of the busiest players on the field. Out routes, deep routes, slants, you name it, he’s running it and quarterbacks are throwing the ball in his direction.
It’s almost like the Redskins are getting the fleet-footed Robinson ready to play a more prominent role in 2013. He was, after all, listed on the team’s recently-released depth chart as a top-4 wide receiver.
“I can feel that. I can sense that,” Robinson said, asked about the increased workload. “But I have to come out here and keep my head level and not listen to what everyone is saying about how good I’m playing.”
The 24-year-old added: “It’s a very important season. I feel like this year I have more chances, and I have to come out here in practice and show that I’m worth those chances. So every day I come out here to work.”
Indeed, Robinson has been among a handful of players who have raised eyebrows – in a good way – through the first two weeks of camp. Robinson has been so good, in fact, star quarterback Robert Griffin III singled him out for praise last week.
Asked which one player has impressed him most, Griffin didn't hesitate to tap his fellow Texan.
“Probably Aldrick Robinson,” Griffin said. “He is a guy I actually played high school ball against him. I think he has stepped his game up to the next level. He is a guy that we definitely have to get on the field a lot more. Very dynamic, very fast, the one thing he has really improved is his consistency catching the ball, especially in traffic.”
Being more consistent, Robinson said, will be the key to his third season. Consistently running precise routes. Consistently corralling catchable passes. Consistently carrying out blocks.
“Consistency is what I’ve been working on,” he added. “Consistency is what’s going to allow me to get more playing time. Everyone sees flashes in me. If I can be more consistent and show those flashes all the time, then I can be a real good contributor in this league.”
Robinson is certainly off to a strong start. But he knows all too much about starting well and then fizzling – and he’s determined not to have a repeat of last season's late letdown.
“I’m looking good,” he said with a smile. “I’m looking better than I did in previous years. I see myself becoming a better receiver. I’m impressed with what I’m doing also. But I have to continue that, continue to get better.”