Laurent Robinson and 4 NFL Players Doing the Most with Second Chances

Justine BrownCorrespondent IINovember 14, 2011

Laurent Robinson and 4 NFL Players Doing the Most with Second Chances

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    For Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson, Dallas has turned out to be the land of opportunity.  

    After a very uneventful first four years in the NFL—split between Atlanta and St. Louis, and scattered with injuries—Robinson's NFL career seemed to be slowly coming to a halt.

    Cut the following training camp with San Diego to start the 2011 season, Robinson landed an opportunity with the Cowboys, who signed him in September.

    After seven days with the Cowboys, Robinson was cut again following a hamstring injury. Luckily for Robinson and the Cowboys, the team decided to re-sign him one week later—a very excellent decision, as it turns out.

    Coming in with a lot to prove and making the most of his opportunity, Robinson quickly carved himself a spot on the depth chart as the team's No. 3 receiver.

    During Week 4, Robinson had a bit of a breakout game with 116 receiving yards, but then went quiet again during Weeks 6 and 7.

    However, in the last three games for Dallas, Robinson has been an excellent asset, catching at least one touchdown pass in each of the games. Continuing to flourish in the absence of Miles Austin, Robinson was responsible for two touchdowns in the team's Week 10 blowout victory over the Bills.

    Rather than coming to an end, Robinson's career may be just taking off.

    Here are a few other players who have most capitalized off second chances in the NFL.

Alex Smith

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    Enjoying easily the best season of his tumultuous NFL career, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is certainly getting the job done in San Francisco this season.

    Leading San Francisco to an 8-1 record, Smith has regained a ton of respect.

    Although some continue to criticize Smith and disparage him simply as a game manager, he has proven he can play, and win, week in and week out this season.

    More than likely, there is none more happy than Smith with the way the season is going for the 49ers, as he can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Matt Moore

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    Named the Dolphins' starting quarterback after Chad Henne's season-ending injury, Matt Moore is slowly starting to make the most of his opportunity.

    Losing the first three games of his starting debut for Miami, Moore looked like he was simply a temporary fill-in until Miami found something better, or the season came to an end.

    In the last two weeks, however, Moore has managed two wins for the Dolphins.

    During the Week 9 victory Kansas City, Moore threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the Dolphins decisive 31-3 win, garnering Moore AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

    Completing 20-of-29 for 209 yards (along with an ugly interception), it wasn't Moore's brightest game, but he managed to pull off the "W" yet again this week, with Miami defeating the Washington Redskins 20-9. 

Plaxico Burress

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    Plaxico Burress' return to football following his 20-month prison sentence has been, in his words, "a work in progress." 

    Burress' performances in the first half of the season haven't been anything spectacular, but he is taking advantage of the second opportunity and simply striving to improve with each game.

    Burress has managed to pull in six touchdowns this season, three of which came during his best game, the Week 7 victory over San Diego. 

Matt Hasselbeck

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    After the Seattle Seahawks seemingly gave up on their longtime veteran quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck found a new home, and football life, with the Tennessee

    Under the impression that the 36-year-old quarterback's better years were behind and that the didn't have much left in the tank, when the Titans made the decision to sign Hasselbeck, fans and critics widely questioned the decision,

    So far, Hasselbeck has proven those assumptions wrong, already throwing more touchdowns than he did last season, with 13, and totaling 2,014 passing yards to guide the Titans to a respectable 5-4 record and second place standing in the AFC South.