Robinson, a wide receiver, was targeted five times in Thursday’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots, making three catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Robinson has also logged some impressive days of practice at training camp this year, but knows first-year head coach Jay Gruden is putting a heavy emphasis on performances in preseason games before making any roster decisions.
“Every time I get on the field, it’s important,” Robinson told reporters after the game. “It’s a tough competition and I know every time I get out there I’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity I get.”
Getting reps with the first-team offense to start the game, Robinson almost started off the game with a bang on the Redskins’ very first drive of the game, but couldn’t quite come down in bounds in the end zone with a pass from quarterback Robert Griffin.
Robinson would have plenty of other chances, however.
With backup quarterback
Robinson had the opportunity to do a little dance while his two defenders, who had collided, picked themselves up off the grass wondering what had just happened.
“Time of the play was perfect,” Robinson said. “Kirk made a great throw and I ran a good route and I got open for him and I made the catch.”
Cousins credited both Gruden for the call and Robinson for the execution.
“It was a good play call by Coach,” the third-year quarterback out of Michigan State said. “It put us in a good situation to be successful, and all I had to do was put the ball in Aldrick’s chest.”
Robinson has established himself as a credible deep threat in the league, but Thursday’s game displayed his hard work to improve as a route runner, as well.
“As you can see tonight, I can run routes and catch the ball,” Robinson said. “Consistency is key and I’m still trying to work on that.”
Robinson has learned that speed is an asset in the NFL, but versatility keeps your name on the roster.
“You want to be known as an all-around receiver,” he said. “You don’t want to be a one-trick pony in this league.”