Robinson Trying To Follow Wake's Blueprint On Defense

Posted Jul 1, 2013

Free agent linebacker spent last two seasons in the CFL.

February is a quiet month in the National Football League once the Super Bowl is over, but it was a special one for little known linebacker Lee Robinson out of Alcorn State.

The 26-year-old Mississippi native became the first player added to the roster of the Miami Dolphins after playing in the Canadian Football League in 2011 and 2012 with the Edmonton Eskimos. This was one month before they made a big splash by signing wide receiver Mike Wallace and Robinson is hoping to follow a similar path as the one taken by two-time Pro Bowler Cameron Wake, another CFL import signed in 2009.

Unlike Wake, who led the CFL in sacks in each of his two seasons and won back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards, Robinson didn’t put up eye-popping numbers with the Eskimos. He did have two sacks last season but totaled just six tackles. Miami’s history of looking to the CFL gave Robinson a sense of optimism, as running back and kick returner Marcus Thigpen was signed last season.

“I got a chance to look at the roster and I noticed that we had two guys on here so my thought is why can’t I be the third?” he said. “It kind of gave me a boost in terms of what they like and we’ve got a young team and I just want to be a part of the growth.”

Robinson describes himself as an aggressive player who likes to be the first one to the ball on defense and in his lone season of action in the NFL with the Denver Broncos in 2010 he had one fumble recovery in three games. He counts as his priority to win at the line of scrimmage, especially if he is used up front as a defensive end.

Wake began his career with Miami as an outside linebacker and with 14 sacks in his second season from that position he earned his first trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Last year, he was moved to defensive end and put up a career-high 15 sacks to nab his second berth as a starter for the AFC and Robinson has made it a point to seek him out.

“Cam’s an amazing guy so to get a chance to watch someone that has done it before and is still doing it, you have to seize that opportunity,” said Robinson, who had 223 career tackles (111 as a senior) in college. “You just want to take pieces from his game and add to yours and I talked to him before and asked him how it was coming from Canada. He told me about the transition and what the good and bad was and that was my first week here, so he helped a lot.”

From this point, it’s up to Robinson to make his own breaks and try to keep the Canadian tradition alive.

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