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By Eric Edholm

Laurent Robinson was born in Washington, went to high school in Florida and attended college at Illinois State. And yet he's considered even more of a journeyman in the NFL, having spent two years with the Falcons, who drafted him in the third round in 2007; two more with the Rams; a training camp this year with the Chargers; and a mere two months with the Cowboys.

But what an impression Robinson has made in those two months.

With injuries to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, and with expected No. 3 WR Kevin Ogletree failing to impress, Robinson has burst on the scene with 24 receptions for 368 yards and two touchdowns in six games, including 100-yard contests against the Lions and Eagles.

Considering that Robinson's previous season high is 437 yards in 15 games as a rookie in Atlanta, Robinson is well on his way to breaking that mark — especially with Austin (hamstring) out for the next few games.

Interestingly, injuries have defined Robinson's career. He missed most of 2009 with the Rams and was unproductive last season there despite the quick development of QB Sam Bradford.

When he was one of the final cuts in San Diego this summer, the move to sign with the Cowboys in early September made sense. Jason Garrett's offense uses the same "three-digit" numbering system, so it allowed for a quicker transition, and the Cowboys' injuries at the WR position gave Robinson a chance to play immediately.

He also credits himself as being a quick study — something that recent Cowboys midseason add-ons such as Roy Williams have failed to do.

"The football stuff comes to me pretty easily. I just can remember stuff," Robinson told PFW prior to his start against the Bills in Week 10. "If I see a play on a sheet of paper, I can remember it quickly and I can just go do it. I also study a lot on my own, too."

Also helping him in the transition is much-respected WR coach Jimmy Robinson (no relation), who came over from the Packers prior to this season. He has helped get Laurent Robinson up to speed by going over what Laurent calls "a ton of detail. It's almost overcoaching. He gets into the little nitty gritty of (playing wide receiver). We are all over it; we love the little details and are always asking for more."

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