Vikings: The improvement of Josh Robinson
Josh Robinson was a much maligned member of the Vikings secondary in 2013, with lot of focus falling on the large numbers he gave up from the slot. Robinson allowed 39 out of 41 passes to be completed for 436 yards and two touchdowns when in slot coverage, giving opposing passers an NFL QB Rating of 127.2. There were also struggles outside, with 17 of 25 passes completed for 280 yards and one touchdown; his -9.1 coverage grade, ranked 100th out of 110 cornerbacks.
This year the addition of Captain Munnerlyn has allowed Robinson to play exclusively on the outside, and the results have been dramatic. He is allowing one completion for every 12.4 coverage snaps, compared to one per 6.9 last year. He’s been thrown at 31 times thus far, allowing only 16 passes to be completed for a total of only 205 yards. His playmaking has also improved with two picks and two broken up passes, where he managed zero picks and only two passes defensed in 2013. Robinson’s +1.7 coverage grade puts him 33rd out of 107 cornerbacks.
2014 has definitely represented a fresh start and a turnaround for Josh Robinson, now he just needs to prove that he can maintain his improved play over the course of the season.