A day after Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell dropped a critical pass in the 29-29 tie against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings reached back into Kirk Cousins’ past to sign another pass-catcher: speedster Aldrick Robinson.
Robinson, 29, played last year for the San Francisco 49ers. He caught 19 passes for 260 yards — an average of 13.7 yards per catch.
Robinson and Cousins were together in Washington from 2012 to 2014. Cousins made nine starts in those three seasons, while Robinson started three times while posting a 20.3-yard average with five touchdowns on 30 catches.
“Cousins really liked him,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. “He’s a fast guy. Makes some deep-ball plays. And Kirk throws a great deep ball, as you saw the other day.”
This is Robinson’s fifth team in seven seasons. He played for the 49ers last season, catching 19 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games with one start.
The 5-foot-10 receiver from Southern Methodist started out in Washington, where he played from 2011 to 2014. He then spent one season in Atlanta and one with the 49ers.
For his career he has 69 catches for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns.
Robinson takes the roster spot of maligned kicker Daniel Carlson, the fifth-round pick who was released Monday. Another roster move will have to be made when the Vikings add a kicker this week, presumably former Dallas Pro Bowl player Dan Bailey.
Treadwell’s status as the third receiver, along with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, is in jeopardy. On Sunday, the Vikings turned briefly to Stacy Coley and also have Brandon Zylstra is an immediate option for that role.
Treadwell has four catches so far this season for 41 yards. He caught 20 balls in 2017.