FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson is not too worried about the fact that he didn’t play a game during the preseason.
“Eventually I’ve just got to play,” Robinson said on Monday after practice. “It’s a situation that I can’t really think about. Get my feet under me, that’s the bottom line. I’m a veteran in this game. It’s not my first time going through an experience like this. It’s something that I’m used to.”
Robinson stayed after practice to get some extra running in and will continue to do so this week. Here’s the preview story on Robinson.
“My thing is conditioning,” Robinson said. ”I just have to continue to condition myself and the only thing that is going to get me in game shape is playing a football game.”
Robinson didn’t play last preseason either, but the issue was different. He was holding out, hoping for a better deal with the Houston Texans.
Not playing because he was hurt was tougher.
“I’ve never been one to stand on the sideline and watch,” Robinson said. “It was kind of nerve wrecking, but you have to heal. The season is a journey. You’ve got 16 games to play. There was no need to rush it. I thank the organization for giving me the proper time that it took to heal.”
Robinson knows that he faces an uphill climb.
“I have to play a game in order to get in game shape,” Robinson said. “I’m not in game shape right now. It won’t happen until we play a football game. ”
He doesn’t plan to worry about his plight. He would have preferred to play in the preseason, but the Falcons didn’t let him play against Miami in the third game and rested 22 of 24 starters in the fourth game against Jacksonville.
“You have enough on your plate as a player,” Robinson said. “You can’t go out there saying oh wow, I haven’t played a game, what’s going
to happen? This is my seventh season in this league so I kind of know how to play football.
“I just have to go out there focused and fly around. That’s the main thing. It’s still a game and you have to have fun doing it.”
Robinson would have much rather seen the stationary Charlie Batch as opposed to the athletic Dennis Dixon at quarterback for the Steelers.
“Dennis Dixon, in his start last year, looked real good,” Robinson said. “Everybody gives you something different. With Dixon, you have a versatile quarterback. You hate playing against quarterbacks that can get out of the pocket. That’s one of the things that defenses hate the most.”
Robinson knows that the Falcons signed him for a reason. There pass defense was poor. He’s supposed to make it better.
“Those are the same expectations I have for myself and for this defense,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t come in here and say if we’re OK, that’s fine. That’s not my mentality and not the mentality that I’m trying to bring to this football team. We are trying to be the best.
“I think we have the tools. Now it’s all mental. We have the attributes to be able to go out there and dominate football teams. Now we have to believe that we can do it.”
UNCLE LOU: Robinson had some advice for the rookies who will be making their debut on the road in Pittsburgh.
“One thing that Lou Holtz used to tell me in college all the time, he would always
say, ‘Guys, don’t worry about the fans, they can’t come out of the stands,’ ” Robinson said. ”That helped me as a freshman in college. He would always say that it’s going to be 11-on-11. You can’t worry about the fans because they can’t come out of the stands. That would be the one thing that I would tell these young guys.”