Reggie Robinson’s first year in the NFL didn’t go exactly to plan. COVID-19 restricted on-field team work where, where he and his fellow rookies weren’t able to acclimate with their teammates until training camp.
Then with no preseason, Robinson didn’t get an opportunity to display his ability on the field.
Now with a new defensive coordinator and a return to a cover-3 scheme, there’s a chance Robinson could earn the first significant playing time of his career.
At least on one side of the field. Trevon Diggs projects to be the starting cornerback on one side while the coaching staff will create competition on the other side of the field. Though Anthony Brown took most of the first-team reps at cornerback during OTAs and Minicamp, it’s not certain that he’s the long-term solution at the position.
The Cowboys drafted Kelvin Joseph and Nahshon Wright to help with the turnover at cornerback and to add some length and athleticism to the position as well. But as second and third round picks, there’s no guarantee they’re the long-term answer at the position either.
Jourdan Lewis looks to be the guy that will start at slot cornerback, but he’s had a bit of a roller coaster career too. He’s a player that will battle, but has sometimes been overmatched.
That leaves a bit of an opening for Reggie Robinson to find a role in Dan Quinn’s defense if he’s able to play well in training camp. Robinson has quite a bit of Kelvin Joseph to his game. An athletic player who can make plays on the football in the air. Though Robinson played against lesser competition in the American Athletic Conference, he had enough tools for Will McClay to believe that Robinson could play in the NFL.
Robinson has enough length, athleticism, and processing that he could fit in as a slot corner or as an outside cornerback. But will that translate to the training camp practice field or the preseason games.
As the Dallas Cowboys look to find their best group of corners for the 2021 season, they’ll allow everyone to compete and earn their opportunities. Though he might be flying under the radar, don’t count Reggie Robinson out of the mix just yet.