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Aldrick Robinson Still A Work In Progress

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 5:15 pm

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This year might go down as one of the hardest years ever for a rookie to make a roster.  From the lack of OTA’s, to the inability to learn the playbooks early, and dramatically expanded rosters, the odds are stacked against inexperience.

But none of these reasons are an excuse for Aldrick Robinson, who knows that he fumbled away his opportunities early in the preseason.

“I’m not making the most of the chances I’m given,” he said.  “I don’t feel like I had a good camp, not a good preseason either, so hopefully I can turn it back around.”

Part of the explanation is a change in culture.

Born and raised in Waxahachie, Texas, Robinson was the big fish in a small pond through high school.  He was a two-sport athlete, and his speed allowed him to excel at pretty much anything on the gridiron.  At Southern Methodist University, he was a top receiving threat against other Conference USA opponents.

This is his first extended stay outside of Texas, and Washington is a long way from home.

“I like the weather here–I actually like the weather right now,” he said a few days after Hurricane Irene.  “But some of the food places aren’t the same. Late at night I like to go to Whataburger but y’all don’t have that.  Then Burger King isn’t open 24 hours a day down here, and Popeyes closes at 11 where as in Texas it closes at 12.”

These aren’t huge complaints, clearly, but it adds up.

“I gotta eat earlier to do what I want,” he said, shaking his head.  “I like the living though, everything is nice.” Read more »

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Brandon Banks Is Underestimated

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 27, 2011 – 1:33 pm

Brandon Banks is an anomaly.  An undersized football player, playing at the highest level, and dominating at a position that takes punishing hits on every play.

You might say that he’s underestimated.  Now his chest agrees.

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