Carolina Panthers: Aldrick Robinson wants to make an impact
Robinson wants to be on the Carolina Panthers for more than just a year.
At first glance, Aldrick Robinson may not seem like a major signing. Especially on a one-year deal, it would be very easy to overlook the move the Carolina Panthers made on Friday by bringing him in. However, it seems like he wants to stay around for more than just a year.
Jordan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer touched on this earlier Friday. Robinson wants to prove himself during his time in Charlotte. He wants to be able to develop a relationship with quarterback Cam Newton and the rest of the wide receivers. In addition, he wants to produce enough so that the team keeps him beyond the 2019 season. This is something that I find encouraging, both in terms of team chemistry and production.
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For one, chemistry will be important for both Robinson and Newton. On a receiving unit that has undergone a major overhaul, Robinson will need to do whatever it takes to make himself stand out. Secondly in terms of production, I like that mindset. One-year deals are often the best at bringing out the most in players. They want to show that they are worthy of a longer contract in terms of length and more money. The best way to do that is to produce and the fact that Robinson wants to produce at a clip that would force the Panthers to bring him back in 2020 is encouraging.
This is a very low-risk, high-reward move for Carolina. if he can even give them minimal production in the red zone, I would consider this signing successful. He is not going to put up major numbers, but he is a guy that should flourish in certain situations. I would almost equate him to another former Minnesota Viking and current Carolina Panthers wide receiver in Jarius Wright. He has that same type of skill set and speed. Granted, the jury is still out on Wright, but in theory, that is the type of player the Panthers are getting here.
The fact that he wants to be here long-term and the fact that he wants to build a relationship with his teammates already is a great sign. He could be a tremendous asset and add yet another mix of skills to the wide receiver unit. Especially on a one-year deal, this is a great move for Carolina to see exactly what he can do. A great year in 2019 may warrant a longer contract down the road. That would certainly be an ideal situation for Robinson. Now, the next big step for him is training camp.