WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Second-year Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson spent nearly the entirety of his 2011 rookie season on the practice squad. Robinson was activated for the final game in Philadelphia, but accumulated zero statistics.
Because of the additions of Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, and a presumably healthy Leonard Hankerson, Robinson's shot at the roster seems limited at the beginning of training camp. The 5-foot-10, 185 pounder begs to differ.
"There's so much competition out here. But that's what you want. You want depth at every position. That makes our team better," said Robinson following Thursday's sweltering practice. "I'm way more comfortable than last year. I'm going to do way better because I'm more confident in my abilities."
On Thursday, there was an added boost to Robinson's prospects of making the 53-man roster. The Southern Methodist alum was one of four Redskins fielding punts during the special teams session of practice -- including Brandon Banks, Terrence Austin and Brian Hernandez. The incumbent return man, Banks, has been under fire from the media and fan base this offseason as a player deemed replaceable.
Being a special teams player is something the receiver fully expects to take a part in, even though he returned just three kickoffs during his four years at SMU. But when asked if he thinks he has to be the punt returner to make the squad, Robinson replied, "I don't think so. I'm a pretty good receiver, I'm comfortable with that. I believe in myself."
Robinson professed his work with quarterback Robert Griffin III in Waco has helped him tremendously at the start of camp. The overall team bonding aspect of the trip seems to have the unit in sync with the new face of the franchise.
"We went out together, we went bowling, we went out to eat. Of course we threw the football around a lot. We're just building that chemistry," said Robinson, who added that Pierre Garcon was the best bowler.
As far as this chatter of RGIII looking rusty on Thursday? It doesn't matter to Robinson.
"No, no, no. He was fine. It's hot out here, man. It's so hot, we're just battling. He's going to get it right."
Expect more updates from Aldrick Robinson throughout training camp and check out my piece on Perry Riley's pants if you already haven't.