Despite having one of the best wide receiver tandems in the NFL in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, the position of WR3 for the Minnesota Vikings has had some issues. Much had been expected of former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell going into the 2018 season, but that never really materialized.
One player on the current Vikings’ roster, however, would like the opportunity to see if he could fill that void on a permanent basis.
In speaking with Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, wide receiver Aldrick Robinson has expressed hopes that the Vikings will bring him back for the 2019 season.
“I want to come back,” Robinson said. “I liked it here. I came in Week 3 and fit right in with these guys. That’s what will make my decision easy to come back if they want me back.”
Robinson didn’t see many receptions during his time with the Vikings this season. . .he caught just 17 passes. However, nearly a third of those receptions went for scores, as his five touchdowns were good for third on the team behind Diggs and Thielen.
Robinson was selected in the sixth round (#178 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, and his familiarity with quarterback Kirk Cousins no doubt played a role in the Vikings bringing him in. Robinson seems to think that with more time in the offense, he could be much better prepared to make an impact in 2019.
“No doubt,” Robinson said. “Just having the whole offseason with (organized team activities), minicamp, everything leading up to the season, even training camp and preseason. Just working out on the things we need to work out before the season starts. It’s really important, especially as an offense trying to get on the same page.”
Given that he isn’t exactly a spring chicken or anything. . .he’ll turn 31 a few weeks into the 2019 season. . .if the Vikings would want to bring Aldrick Robinson back, you would think that they’d be able to do so at a fairly reasonable price. The Vikings are his fifth NFL team (he’s played for Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta, and San Francisco), and has never caught more than 20 passes in a season. He might not step all the way up to be the third wide receiver behind Diggs and Thielen, but his 16.5 yard/reception average for his career seems to indicate that he could, at the very least, be a solid complimentary piece to the Minnesota offense.