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Robinson enjoying 'smooth' transition to Falcons

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By Dan Parr

Atlanta recently wrapped up its second round of OTAs and CB Dunta Robinson, who signed with the Falcons on the opening weekend of free agency, said the transition to a new team has been smooth thus far. He admitted to PFW that he still is getting used to playing off the line of scrimmage after playing at the line in Houston.

"I come from a man-press defense where we're always up in the receiver's face," he said. "Here it's a little more off (the line of scrimmage). There's a little bit more backpedaling. Those are the different things. Sometimes my backpedal, since I'm so used to shuffling, will turn into a shuffle instead of staying in my backpedal, but every day I'm coming out and working on that and I'm feeling a lot better."

After six seasons with the Texans, Robinson became one of the league's highest-paid cornerbacks when the Falcons signed him to a six-year contract that reportedly included $25.5 million guaranteed.

It's no surprise that expectations are high for Robinson. Secondary coach Tim Lewis didn't have a bad word to say about Robinson when asked about his star pupil.

"He's very coachable," Lewis told PFW. "… His natural defensive back ability is fantastic. We're thrilled and fortunate to have him. The leadership that he brings is fantastic."

Robinson is the No. 1 corner Atlanta has badly needed, and the media began inquiring as to whether he would shadow the opposition's No. 1 receiver at his introductory press conference. After getting a few months to observe his fellow corners, Robinson said he doesn't expect that to be one of his tasks.

"I think we have good enough corners to the point where we don't need that," he said. "We can lock the right side and the left side down and that makes it a lot of fun. If it calls for it, I'll definitely go shadow whoever they want me to shadow. Right now I'm just trying to be a team player and buy into this system and learn the way they do things around here."

The Falcons are expected to hold a competition in training camp for the starting job at right cornerback, but Robinson said one contender has caught his eye already.

"Actually, Brent Grimes has been very impressive," Robinson said. "He's doing a great job. He's making a lot of plays."


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