EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Josh Robinson has played cornerback through four college and NFL seasons, excelling at Central Florida on the outside before the Minnesota Vikings made him a third-round draft pick last season.
Through all of that time, Robinson never found himself as an inside defender with responsibilities covering slot receivers. Robinson was always on the outside covering receivers, far away from the mass of large bodies and rough going inside. Robinson could use his 4.33-second, 40-yard dash speed to handle receivers and his 5-foot-10, 199-pound frame didn't have to take a beating.
For the first time in his football career, the Vikings are asking Robinson to go inside when the team goes to its nickel defense. Robinson's play inside -- where Minnesota always knew it could count on veteran Antoine Winfield -- is important to the team's success.
"It's a big difference," Robinson said of playing inside. "It was something new for me. But havin...