New Minnesota Vikings receiver Aldrick Robinson offers big play potential
This week, the Minnesota Vikings waived wide receiver Stacey Coley and signed veteran receiver Aldrick Robinson in an attempt to upgrade their receiving corps.
Aldrick Robinson is a fairly obscure 30-year old journeyman, now with his fourth team in the Minnesota Vikings. His advantage in joining the team was having played with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in 2013 and 2014 in Washington.
Although Cousins was not the Redskins official starter until 2015, he ran the second-team offense and had a good relationship with Robinson while both players were competing for game time.
On Wednesday, Cousins was eager to speak highly of his ex-teammate in regard to his positive locker room presence and potential physical value.
“He’s got great speed,” Cousins said. “He’s got great movement skills.”
The fact that the Vikings worked out Robinson on September 7 is intriguing. Perhaps they were looking into the future a bit on Stacey Coley, who in his second year has never been a readily available player for Minnesota due to various injuries, the last of which being a groin strain in the first preseason game against Denver and he was released in favor of Robinson.
In six NFL seasons, Robinson has just 69 receptions, but for a nice average of 17.3 yards a catch. His last year was with San Francisco in 2017, where he barely touched the field. His 2016 season with the Atlanta Falcons was his best, with 20 catches for 323 yards and 2 touchdowns.
So what the Vikings have bought for a hair under $800,000 for the year is not Odell Beckham. But quite possibly a guy who can put up numbers akin to former receiver Jarius Wright as a third or fourth option.
Watching Robinson on tape shows the veteran receiver as a deliberate and astute pattern runner with definite burst and good hands. He’s quite small at 5-foot-10, but if he can re-establish any type of rapport with his former teammate Cousins, the Minnesota Vikings have something to work with.