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Aldrick Robinson Working On All-Around Game

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Considered mainly a deep threat throughout his three-year career with the Redskins, receiver Aldrick Robinson said he's using training camp this year to become a more complete player.

While Aldrick Robinson has made a career out of the lengthy touchdown reception, he doesn’t want to be described as just a one-trick pony.

Entering his fourth season with the Washington Redskins, the 2011 draft pick has five touchdown receptions – four of which are 40 yards or longer.

And sometimes, like vs. Dallas in Week 12 of the 2012 season when he hauled in one catch for a 68-yard touchdown, he’ll get only a single reception all game. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t working hard throughout games to help free up his teammates with underneath routes and trying to gain short-yardage as well.

“I've had a lot of big plays in my career,” Robinson said. “I had a one catch game for 68 yards and one touchdown. It's not a bad stat, but it's all you see. You don't see hitches and slants. You see it in the preseason, but during the season you really don't see it.

“But you know, I'll just continue to work and when I get my chance to be an all-around receiver, I'll do that.”

Robinson got a jumpstart on his track towards being a better all-around wide receiver when the Redskins tapped longtime NFL veteran Ike Hilliard as wide receivers coach during the offseason.

Hilliard served in the same role during the 2012 season – Robinson’s second-year with the team.

“He does a great job helping us get in and out of our breaks,” Robinson said of Hilliard. “That's what it is, beating the defensive back out your break. Understanding the concept of your offense and how fast you got to come in, time of the route and just beating the defensive back out the break.”

Towards the end of last season, Robinson really started to take off as he logged 12 receptions for 213 yards in the final four games. Against Atlanta, he hauled in a career-high 99 yards.

He’s carried his great play into training camp. During Friday's training camp practice, Robinson streaked passed the defense for two long touchdown receptions.

Extracting ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the crowd, Robinson admitted that he’s been working on keeping his 4.4 speed in peak condition.

“I work on my speed all the time,” Robinson explained to the media following his standout performance in practice. “Being a speed guy I never stop working on my speed, because I feel like I can always get faster. Every year I try to get faster and better at everything.”

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Robinson has done well in training camp, and knows the receiver is working hard -- like every other player -- to be more consistent with his craft.

"There’s no substitute for speed and he definitely has it," Gruden said. "His hands have got to become more consistent. He’s dropped a few here and there, but overall I think Aldrick has had an excellent camp."

With the signings of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts this offseason -- along with the selection of Ryan Grant in the NFL Draft -- some may have forgotten about Robinson.

Robinson doesn't worry about that, however. The competition, he said, has brought out the best in several teammates.

 

“Look at the competition,” Robinson said when asked about wide receiver depth. “You've got guys out here playing ball right now, they're making plays. You’ve got rookies coming in looking like two-year, three-year pros. You’ve got Ryan Grant, he's looking like he a four-year like I have you know.

“The competition and the depth is crazy, I can echo that because we've got a good group and it's going to be a tough decision at the end of the day (as to who the defense wants to stop first.)”

When Jackson came to the Redskins, some wondered if Robinson still had a place on the team. The three-time Pro Bowler has similar speed to Robinson’s, but is more experienced.

Regardless of where Robinson falls in the peaking order, he’s been studying Jackson’s play in hopes that he can incorporate some of the seven-year veteran’s tendencies into his game.

“Watching a guy like him is great for a guy like me,” Robinson said. “He's made plays down the field, he's a speed guy. Some people look at him and just think he's not an all-around wide receiver. He continues to prove himself every year. I want that.

“I want to do that when I get the chance.”

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