A Golden Opportunity for San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Aldrick Robinson
One of the most anticipated battles this training camp for the San Francisco 49ers is at the wide receiver position. With a total of 13 receivers on their roster, the only two that have established themselves so far this training camp are free agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. But when you look past both Garcon and Goodwin, it is still up in the air on which receiver can complement these two the most.
In order for the 49ers offense to hit the next level, a third receiver on the team will have to emerge from the shadows and become a key player in new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system. Another wideout other than Garcon and Goodwin must make their presence felt on the field to help move the 49ers offense in the right direction towards a very formidable one. And if there is one receiver on the team that is in a perfect situation to assert him, then look no further than free agent wide receiver Aldrick Robinson.
Not only is Robinson a fluid athlete that possesses a quick first step, but the fact that the 5’10” receiver has some extensive experience playing in Shanahan’s offense in the past presents the perfect storm for the speedy receiver to make a solid contribution to the 49ers this season. As a sixth round pick out of SMU during the 2011 NFL Draft, Robinson played his first three seasons with the Washington Redskins while Shanahan was the team’s offensive coordinator. Both Shanahan and Robinson would reunite during the 2016 season with the Atlanta Falcons and be a part of a Super Bowl run that would eventually come up short against the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime of last year’s Super Bowl LI.
With four seasons of experience playing in Shanahan’s offense, Robinson finds himself ahead of the game considering that a majority of receivers on the 49ers haven’t stood out much during training camp as of yet. Robinson career numbers tally 50 receptions for 931 yards and seven touchdowns, which includes a career high 20 catches with the Falcons last season for 323 yards and two touchdowns. One note of interest is that more than half of the current receivers on the 49ers combined don’t have 50 receptions between them.
Robinson has a career average of 18.6 yards after catch (YAC) and has the ability to stretch the field as his teammate Goodwin does. But this does not make Robinson a finesse receiver at all, as the 28 year old veteran has a fearless attitude and is not afraid of going through the middle and taking a hard hit. It will be beneficiary for the 49ers offense if they can utilize Robinson’s skill set so as to open up Shanahan’s system even more.
There is no clear-cut third wide receiver established yet for the 49ers, but Robinson is in a great spot to answer that call so the ball is in his court for now. Robinson has had a very solid camp so far, and seems to be building off it as each training camp day goes by. Going into a Shanahan system for a fifth season can only make Robinson more comfortable out on the field, especially playing alongside Garcon and Goodwin.
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