The Falcons have been willing to look far and wide for talent with their limited cap dollars to this point and had already dipped into the XFL for one addition, tight end Khari Lee. Now they’re dipping into that particular talent pool again, grabbing former Viking and Houston Roughneck linebacker Edmond Robinson.
Robinson was a 7th round selection by the Vikings back in 2015 who also spent time with the Jets and Cardinals. In all, he played in 22 NFL games between 2015-2017, with most of his snaps coming on special teams over that span. He’ll likely step into a reserve role behind Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun/a draft pick, and LaRoy Reynolds.
Roughnecks linebacker Edmond Robinson is signing with the Falcons, according to league sources @AtlantaFalcons— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 27, 2020
There is some upside with this signing, as you’d expect for a Falcons flier signing. As Aaron Freeman notes, he graded out well in the XFL as a pass rusher, putting up 2 sacks and 3 quarterback hits in five games. It’s possible the Falcons will take a longer look at having him play some snaps in the De’Vondre Campbell memorial role, including rushing the passer. Again, he’ll have to claw his way up the depth chart before that can happen, though.
It’s yet another intriguing signing in an offseason that has been full of them to this point. Here’s hoping he can make an impact, and give Edmond Robinson a warm welcome to Atlanta!