CB Robinson To Get Extended Look On Friday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 15, 2012 – 1:40 pm

Josh Robinson looked good playing at the University of Central Florida, where he was a two-time All Conference USA first teamer with 10 INTs and 36 passes broken up in three seasons. Robinson looked good at the 2012 Scouting Combine, where he was the fastest player time in the 40-yard dash. And Robinson looked good during the Vikings rookie minicamp, Organized Team Activities and mandatory minicamp this spring at Winter Park.

But Robinson didn’t get any looks last Friday in the Vikings preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers. As a precaution, the team held him out of action because of a hamstring injury that hampered him earlier in camp.

This Friday should be a different story, however. Robinson is slated to see plenty of action against the Buffalo Bills.

“I don’t know if he’ll get first team reps, but we’ll try to get him a number of snaps so we can evaluate him and so he’ll be able to evaluate himself and find out what the pro game is all about,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “And he wants to win a starting spot, so we want to see him go out there and work and get some snaps against some good receivers and be able to gauge where he is at the end of this ball game. We’re looking forward to watching him play.”

Fans should be looking forward to watching him play, too. Robinson is speedy and quick. He can play defense and special teams. Whether he intercepts a pass or fields a kickoff or punt, Robinson has the explosiveness to be a playmaker for the Vikings.

“He can close and go from point A to point B as fast as anybody we have, or that I’ve seen,” Frazier said. “His closing speed is outstanding.

Of course, we all know he had the fastest time at the Combine, but it shows up on the football field. A lot of guys can run fast straight ahead but it doesn’t show up when you put pads on. But in his case, it shows up.”

From the looks of it so far, Robinson has all the physical traits to be a contributor for the Vikings. The question now, and the question that the Vikings will begin to answer on Friday night when Robinson makes his NFL debut, is about the non-physical part of the game.

“He has great closing speed,” Frazier explained, “but now it’s a matter of ‘can he handle some of the things that come at him, formations, routes, terminology?’ There are so many things that have to come in to play to be a big time corner in our league.

“It’ll be a big test for him. He’s anxious to get out there and perform and show everyone that he’s capable of playing at this level.”

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34 Responses to “CB Robinson To Get Extended Look On Friday”

  1. By Mike B. on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply


  2. By Viks8&8 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    where is the harrison smith update. You tell us it is coming today but still nothing get your head in the game wobs

  3. By Spoiler Alert on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Geesh, 8&8, have some patience. The day aint over yet.

  4. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Im excited to see what robinson can do. Ive never watched him play but Im hoping that the scouts and coaches saw something in this kid. We need to draft and develop good young player, hopefully one day we can find the next revis, woodson, or maybe even sanders.

  5. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    In my mind harrison smith will be the starter, he was going to be the whole time. The coaches just wanted him to earn it but from the small sample that ive seen of him he seems to have a knack to find the ball. Our current safeties have had their chance and they cant prevent the big play or get turnovers.

  6. By Bluebird7 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook is 6’2, Robinson is 5’10.can either one cover Randy Moss?

  7. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    on nfl live jerry rice said that moss will only get about 25 snaps per game. rice said he should have more but that shows that he will mostly be in plays around the goal line. Either way Cook played well against big name receivers at the beginning of last season. Randy Moss is the least of our worries.

  8. By Bluebird7 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I am looking towards to the 3rd game of this season. Randy Moss will be looking for blood in that game. Plus he ia a member of a very good team. Be ready, Frazier!

  9. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    We should be more worried about Reggie Wayne, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson, maybe Brandon Marshall, and the Packers WRs.

  10. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    The 49ers ran all over us! that should be our worry. Moss has played against the Vikes before, im sure its not that much to him. Alex Smith only threw for 17 tds Ponder threw 13 but Ponder only played in 10 games. In 6 games more Smith only threw 4 more tds, nothing special. They play great defense, run the ball well, and let smith make the good throws and not turn it over. Although Smith did play great ball in the playoffs.

  11. By Spencer on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Just what we needed…another guy to take snaps away from Bobby Felder.

  12. By Dac on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously when is Bobby Felder going to get some legitimate playing time? Also is anybody concerned about our RB depth? Why are we not going after Jeff Demps? He would be a perfect change of pace from Toby. He is quick fast elusive. Shouldnt we have one of those in our backfield every now and agian?

  13. By Dac on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    The 49ers RB’s :
    Frank Gore
    Anthony Dixon
    Brandon Jacobs
    LaMichael James
    Kendall Hunter

  14. By Dac on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Ours :
    injured scrub -Toddman
    super scrub-Hillard

  15. By Spencer on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

  16. By Richard1A on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    We had the worst possible defensive backfield the NFL has ever seen, every opponets dream, I would say find out for sure if Robinson can play! we need help!
    They should take Winfield in a back room somewhere and ask him what he thinks, or who he thinks can play, Winfield no’s how to play, and plays good every year, he could probably give insight. 2 more days, Purple Punch is ready, axe’s battle axe’s, Dragon headed ships are getting close to the harbor.

  17. By iaVIKE on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Spoken like a true 49ers fan deertracks…oops i mean “Bluebird7″

  18. By OTKalil2012 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Hope to see some solid fundamental football this Friday…

    With Robinson seeing an extended look…And Blanton will see some playing time this week also…

  19. By snookj on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Im with you Dac and Spencer.. I want to see Bobby Felder get some extended playing time.. He did a pretty good job vs. the 49ers.. Played a good bit in the second half and didn’t give up a completion.. I’d like to see Felder opposite Robinson and see who holds up.. Who the QB throws at more and who makes a play..
    Wobs, Can you suggest that combo for Friday to Williams and Frazier.. Thats what the people want to see!!

  20. By DrinkHeavyVikingFans on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    C’mon Frazier, you’re kidding right? Stop slow rolling the kid and give him some decent playing time in there with the 1st team! First, it’s not like you got Revis or Champ Bailey playing corner for you..Second you’re not exactly running a Dom Capers defensive scheme out there and third, ITS A PRESEASON GAME for CHRISSAKES! So go get ‘em Robinson! We need a “new ‘tude” in that secondary!

  21. By frenum49 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Well we just heard in todays presser from Frazier that the Starters will see the whole first quarter and possibly part of the second to try out some plays on the Bills. Hopefully that includes the defense as well. I look forward to seeing the firsts in action as a group. Truth be told….the defense starters concern me a whole lot more than the lack of depth at RB. MOSS????? Cmon guys, how long till he hangs himself with his new team? Our points allowed is our biggest worry by far.

  22. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    on the contrary who to the blogger who said we had the worst secondary ever, that my friend was green bay last year. Historically the most passing yards allowed in the history of the NFL, but we were still pretty bad not the worst tho.

  23. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    our defense will not become the baltimore defense in one season, we will continue to have struggles due to our youth, but the key is to be an opportunistic defense. get interceptions and cause fumbles, but most importantly is that our secondary can play well enough to allow our pass rush to get even more sacks. coverage sacks

  24. By Bluebird7 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    iaVIKE. I don’t even like the 49ers..Don’t like deartracks. I was just stating my concerns
    about Randy having a breakout game. Chris Cook better do his job! This time!

  25. By frenum49 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I am curious to see if Frazier will be able to use his “hockey line-up” scheme effectively. Also whether or not our best players will be ok with losing some of their stats this season to the rotation. I have a feeling that this was the problem Harvin had with Frazier when he was demanding to be traded.

  26. By Woodboat on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply


    Height is important, but neither of these guys have NBA hops like Moss, nor do they have the body control in the air that he’s exhibited. SO, most likely, they can’t keep him form catching the ball.

    However, if Harrison Smith is as nasty as he is being represented, he might just make Randy decide he doesn’t ever want to catch a football again when the purple and gold is on the field. :)

  27. By Frederick Jones on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply


    You cannot just go by yards given up to declare a defense is worst at something. The Packers were way ahead in most of their games, so opponents had to p.a.s.s. Plus the Packers tended to score quickly, which also gives opponents more time to whip the football.

  28. By Woodboat on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    definition of picking nits….

    By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply
    on the contrary who to the blogger who said we had the worst secondary ever, that my friend was green bay last year. Historically the most passing yards allowed in the history of the NFL, but we were still pretty bad not the worst tho.
    :) SO we weren’t historically the worst….. just completely freaking awful. LoL

    Does the distinction matter at all?

    I see you working and like you and your posts, Sir GP… this just struck my funny :)

  29. By Woodboat on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I, btw, DO like the 49ers.

    Great coach, built the team through the draft (primarily), strong organization, went from zero to hero last season… what’s not to like? Other than they aren’t the Vikes, of course.

    I think any of would trade what we have for what they have in a heartbeat. Not necessarily WHO, but what…

  30. By H.M.G. on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need a MLB before the defence can even be considered close to the Ravens D. Manti Te’O comes to mind. Draft Manti. Te’O is the man. He is the second coming of Ray Lewis(minus the alleged shooting of people).

  31. By celticvikingwarrior on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    @Bluebird…..Did you seriously ask that question ? WHO, besides Revis who is the biggest “mugger” in the NFL, and Moss himself, has EVER stopped Randy Moss. That can NOT be a serious question !!!!

    Sanford does NOT make the team this year, let alone start. Frazier has repeatedly said he wanted to see if he could cover (control) the “back end”.
    He answered that question, and more…..sorry but special team “star” alone won’t cut it this year. Harrison is the starter..end of story !!!!!
    THAT is why he started with the “one’s” last week, for evaluation, and he failed beyond comprehension !!!!!

    In college Mistral Raymond was a CB until his senior year, and was not just a good tackler, but a GREAT tackler. He has 5 professional starts at FS.
    The only mistake he made last week (on the Jacobs run) was one of over aggression(sp?) he came up to the hole he “thought” Jacobs would be in too fast and got juked, that is a problem that is easily corrected, especially once the game slow’s down for him, he will be just fine !!!!!

  32. By ccfan80 on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Robinson is probably the fastest player that we have we have to find a way tio get him onto the field so he can become a playmaker.

  33. By Carl on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    I like our secondary look at this Cook, Winfield, Robinson, Felder. These four could start on any other team. Then we have Sherrels, Burton, the guys we signed in free agency the one from Chicogo and Baltimore.

    Our Safeties Smith, Raymond, Blanton, Sanford.

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