Dunta Robinson will enter his third season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2012, and it’ll be another season of change for the ninth-year corner.
When Robinson arrived in Atlanta in 2010, opposing passers targeted the other side of the field—and Brent Grimes—more frequently than coming after Robinson. Last season, after Grimes picked off five passes in 2010, the opposition started attacking Robinson.
Now, with the addition of Asante Samuel to the secondary, Robinson will move into the slot as the nickel back. It’s the second change in as many years, but a welcome one.
“It’s what I did pretty much for six years in Houston and it’s something I’m very used to,” said Robinson.
17. Dunta Robinson, CB
18. Matt Bryant, K
19. Harry Douglas, WR
20. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB
Alex Welch’s opinion:
Robinson hasn’t been the biggest fan favorite in Atlanta since joining the team in 2010, but he is still a major part of the defense. He isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line to make a play or hit a receiver hard, and that’s the kind of mentality Mike Nolan will enjoy having on his squad.
Tackling can be an issue at times, plus we’ve seen spotty coverage in each of his two seasons with the Falcons as well. However, this year he will get to use his physicality inside with Asante Samuel’s arrival. Robinson should benefit from this and could potentially have his best season yet with this team.
Knox Bardeen’s opinion:
Robinson did play inside in his early days in Houston. It was during those days that he recorded his highest tackle numbers and picked off most of his 16 career passes.
But Robinson missed more tackles last year than any other corner on the team, and he was ranked as the sixth-worst tackler—with 12 missed tackles—in the NFL at the corner position.
Only eight safeties in the NFL last year missed more tackles than Thomas DeCoud, who missed 10. With Robinson and DeCoud in the middle of the field, there’s a possibility of a lot of broken play, big gains for opposing ball carriers. That is if the tackling issues aren’t solved.
But there is also some upside too. Robinson’s aggressive play, mixed in with
Nolan’s confusion-based movement schemes, could net Robinson some chances at the ball. Will he return to form from his rookie season in 2004 where he picked off six passes?
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