Romo, Robinson form I-AA connection

November, 6, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Laurent Robinson is developing into a nice No. 3 receiver for the Cowboys. Robinson has caught touchdown passes from Tony Romo the last two weeks, a 70-yarder last week at Philadelphia and a 6-yarder in Sunday's win over Seattle.

"We got a little Romo-to-Robinson connection," said Robinson. "A little I-AA connection we call it."

Romo attended Eastern Illinois and Robinson went to Illinois State, two Division I-AA (now FCS) schools.

With the injury to Miles Austin (hamstring), Robinson is turning into a player on whom the Cowboys can depend on a regular basis. When defenses take Dez Bryant and Austin out of the game with double coverage, it allows Robinson to see more single coverage, and he's taking advantage of his opportunities.

He finished Sunday's game with a game-high five catches for just 32 yards, but his touchdown reception came when he moved toward the back of the end zone to get free for the score.

When Romo has a trust factor with a receiver, he want to keep giving him the ball, much like he does with tight end Jason Witten.

"We just work hard in practice," Robinson said. "I'm just trying to make sure I'm in the right spot and at the right depth and just make sure he’s confident in me and I'm going to be in the right spot. I'm going to catch the ball, and it's showing up in practice and carrying over to the game."

If Austin can't play on Sunday vs. Buffalo, expect Robinson to start alongside Bryant.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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