As the deadline nears for NFL teams to have their rosters trimmed to 53 players, the toughest cuts are having to be made, as teams are trying to figure out the best 53 out of the current 75 are.
One Bengal who has a chance to greatly boost his chance this week is backup center Trevor Robinson. It was announced today during practice that starting center Kyle Cook is suffering from a foot injury serious enough to have him listed as doubtful for Thursday’s preseason finale against the Colts. That means Robinson will be given ample oppurtunity to fully showcase his skills one last time before the coaches make the final roster decisions.
Robinson has played well this preseason and ascended to the backup center spot over Reggie Stephens, and has done admiralty. He’s shown a blend of good athleticism and ability to lock-up his man and sustain his blocks. He has gotten overpowered at times and could be a huge liability against bigger defensive lineman like Haloti Ngata, but could be very serviciable in a backup role as a rookie, and given a year to develop, he could end up like the man starting in front of him, Kyle Cook, who went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2008, and is now one of the better centers in the AFC.
Bengals play-by-play announcer Dave Lapham said during the Bengals’ preseason game against the Packers that Robinson has been the biggest surprise on the offensive line and felt there was a very good chance Robinson would be on the 53-man roster.
While At Notre Dame, Robinson played in 48 games with 40 starts in four seasons for the Fighting Irish before going undrafted this past offseason. He later signed with the Bengals after mulling over other NFL offers. Now, after a solid preseason and a chance to showcase his abilities one last time, he’s primed to be on an NFL roster this coming season. Hopefully its with the Bengals.