When Robert Griffin III exploded in the Washington Redskins' 40-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, he brought second-year receiver Aldrick Robinson along for the ride.
Robinson caught four balls for 52 yards and a touchdown in the upset, displaying the speed that made the Redskins keep him on their active roster last season.
As the Washington Examiner noted in May, the Redskins promoted Robinson from the practice squad last season because they didn't want the Jacksonville Jaguars to nab him. Intrigued by the speed the SMU product brought to the field (he ran the 40-yard dash at the 2011 combine in 4.43 seconds), Washington figured Robinson was worth keeping around.
Turns out the Redskins were right.
As Washington gets set to face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, head coach Mike Shanahan noted on Thursday that veteran receiver Pierre Garcon was "very limited" in practice, per Rich Campbell of the Washington Times. Garcon, who had four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, is currently listed as "questionable" on the injury report with a foot injury.
If Garcon misses Sunday's game, or is significantly limited, that opens up things for Robinson even more opposite veteran Santana Moss. While Griffin did a good job of spreading the ball around against New Orleans, he still targeted Robinson a team-high six times and hooked up with him on a 29-yard gain at one point.
It is worth noting that Rams cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins and Bradley Fletcher all had solid games against the Detroit Lions in Week 1.
But it is also worth noting that Rams safeties Quintin Mikell and Darian Stewart leave a lot to be desired. They were burned on a few occasions against Detroit.
What does that mean?
It means that Griffin, with his arm strength, and Robinson, with his speed, have a realistic chance of stretching the field and connecting on a big gain (or even a touchdown) against St. Louis' defense.
The jury is still out on Robinson. His four catches in Week 1 were the first four catches of his NFL career. But don't be surprised if he has an impact in Sunday's game.
If you are desperate for a third receiver or a flex option on Sunday, the 23-year-old out of SMU may be just the ticket.
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