10-01-2012, 08:41 AM #1
Is Josh Robinson going to be a faster Antoine Winfield clone?
Josh Robinson joined the Minnesota Vikings defensive backfield a bit "under the radar". He was not a first round, or second round pick, and he hailed from a less than pedigreed College Football Program at the University of Central Florida.
What he has is SPEED, and some skills, combined with desire. As one of the fastest players in this year's NFL Draft Class, Josh Robinson has unique "closing speed" that cannot be coached. Now that he has been through our Vikings Training Camp, Pre-Season Games, a few Regular Season game, and got his first INT I think he is getting ready to impress. I think being in the same Defensive backfield with Antoine Winfield has taken his own desire, and coupled it with a willing mentor that will show Josh Robinson how to use his own skill-set. See Josh Robinson's display of hitting /tackling ability and desire on this play verus the Lions (Kitties) - Josh Robinson sums up Vikings' physical beatdown of Lions in one suplex tackle - CBSSports.com
10-01-2012, 10:07 AM #2
The answer is a resounding NO.
Josh can cover man to man if he has to. Whinny, for the most part can't. Truth of the matter is, he is a fan favorite and only made it to the Pro-bowl because he is know for his "tackling" skills and not his cover skills.
Josh has shown that he can take even a bigger, stronger WR and man up with him and play him pretty effectively in a cover 3 or press man look.
On a side note, I hack on Whinny alot because I think he is on the back end of his career, but yesterday he did a great job. Those to "Tips" didn't get them by much, were key plays when we needed them. Smart play by a crafty old vet my friends. Smart play.Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
10-01-2012, 11:20 AM #3
10-01-2012, 11:39 AM #4Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
10-01-2012, 12:30 PM #5
Winfield's attitude and approach to the game is what has made him such a valuable player for the Vikings for many years. And for a guy who always harps on the responsibility of a cover corner being equally adept at both run and pass (or was that me?), I find it hard to criticize a guy that is THAT good against the run.
I'm happy Robinson is getting a lot of playing time and is being put against some of the league's premier receivers. His speed is a huge advantage, and it appears he doesn't shy away from physical play. He is still making a fair number of mistakes and needs to improve quite a bit, but he appears to be on a good learning curve.
10-01-2012, 12:45 PM #6
Josh Robinson - suplex tackle
I put a killer video link showing Josh Robinson assassinating a Kitties receiver (ex-Vike Nate Burleson) on there, and nobody comments about his Antoine Winfield-like tackling skills!? See the wrestling suplex version here -
Josh Robinson sums up Vikings' physical beatdown of Lions in one suplex tackle - CBSSports.com
Last edited by norsefan; 10-01-2012 at 12:47 PM. Reason: show link
10-01-2012, 12:49 PM #7
There s only two things stopping you - fear and common sense!! The Truth you CAN"T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!
10-01-2012, 01:56 PM #8
Go back and watch the game. What I observed was that his zone seemed to be targeted more than the other zones and he required alot more help than the other CB's. Even on the tipped balls (I gave him credit on) he was out of place (to close to the line).
In the end, all older players get to the end and have to go. I'm just saying that Whinny is alot closer to that end than the beginning and I think right now that Josh is a better player when it comes to pass defense skills.Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
10-01-2012, 03:40 PM #9
10-02-2012, 08:32 AM #10