FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. After taking a look at Dunta Robinson's first two seasons following the Atlanta Falcons' decision to award the cornerback a six-year contract with 25.5 million guaranteed, some Falcons fans might have been left to scratch their heads.
Among the most headline-grabbing things that Robinson did in his first two seasons were hits for which he was fined by the NFL on plays against Philadelphia receivers, one in '10 and one in '11.
In 2010, Brent Grimes, not Robinson, was the cornerback who earned a berth to the Pro Bowl and after last season the Falcons tagged Grimes as their franchise player and then went out and acquired Asante Samuel. In the season opener, it was revealed that Samuel and Grimes would start in the base defense with Robinson bumped to role as the nickel back.
However, a number of factors have come together since then that has Robinson playing at the expectation level that his contract set. For one, Robinson remained healthy for the entire offseas...