By Ryan O’Halloran
Even as Donte’ Stallworth came and returned and David Anderson was added, Redskins rookie receiver Aldrick Robinson was confident his time would come.
But that still didn’t mean sitting on the practice squad was easy.
“It was very tough,” Robinson said. “You get frustrated at times but you have to keep pushing through. … You just have to realize they have to go with experience and with guys who have been in the system.”
That want-to was rewarded earlier this week when Robinson was promoted to the Redskins’ active roster after another NFL team wanted to sign him.
A sixth-round draft choice (No. 178 overall), Robinson is the 11th 2011 draft choice and the 12th rookie to be on the active roster.
“It’s a good thing to be happy about,” Robinson said.
At SMU, Robinson had 181 catches for 3,313 yards and 30 touchdowns and was 12th last year nationally with 92.9 yards receiving per game.
He was cut by the Redskins after the preseason and added to the practice squad. He is the fourth draft pick – Evan Royster, Brandyn Thompson and Maurice Hurt – to earn a promotion.
Throughout the year on the practice squad, Robinson said: “I feel like I’m a more well-rounded and consistent player, working on my route-running and catching the ball.”
“We do think he has a big upside,” coach Mike Shanahan said.
The Redskins have a logjam at receiver with nine on the 53-man roster.
“It’s not really nine wide receivers; we’ve got [Brandon] Banks as a returner,” said Shanahan, although Banks has played a handful of snaps at, yep, receiver, the last three games.
It will be interesting to see what direction the Redskins go at receiver. Moss and Gaffney are veterans under contract and before getting hurt, Leonard Hankerson made an impact.
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