Travian Robertson Gets Lengthy First Taste of NFL

Travian Robertson Gets Lengthy First Taste of NFL

Jay Adams

Published August 9, 2012 at 11:53 PM

After Thursday night’s 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Falcons’ first preseason game of 2012, rookie defensive tackle Travian Robertson looked as if the weight of the game was still on his shoulders.

Obviously disappointed by the loss, Robertson might as well have thrown a game-ending interception or fumbled at the goal line.

In reality, the Falcons’ seventh-round pick performed his job admirably, and almost for the long haul, too. Robertson saw his first action in the second quarter with the Falcons’ second-teamers and spent the rest of the game rotating in and out of the game in the middle.

“I’m disappointed we lost, but I got a lot of reps,” Robertson said. “I’ve got a lot of learning to do, a lot of stuff I need to work on that the coaches have been teaching me, but I felt good going into the game.”

Robertson’s stat line at the end of the night was about average for a cog in the middle — three tackles — but the stats don’t tell the whole tale of Robertson’s contributions to the defensive Thursday night.

The South Carolina product was consistently blowing up the middle of the Ravens defensive line, knocking the center and guards back on their heels. As the game wore on and he was recognized as more of a force, the Ravens began to pay more attention to him, even double-teaming him at times.

While Robertson said he didn’t feel the Ravens were making too many adjustments to account for him, he did say the early reps against the Ravens’ first-teamers gave him a good measure of where he is in his young career.

“It helped me a lot. I was glad that I got the chance to go against first team, just to see how I’d handle it and let the coaches see how I could handle the situation,” he said. “It helped me out a lot and I got the real pace of the game and felt good about it. Hopefully, I can just learn from it.”

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