Manning the nickel corner position ever since Ron Brooks left the lineup in Week 1 with a broken foot, Robey has played admirably. The only thing missing in his first five starts was an interception. That changed on Sunday in Miami when he took a 19-yard pick to the end zone for a touchdown.
“I told myself if I get some hands on some balls soon enough, the interceptions will start popping up,” said Robey. “Sure enough, one came to me. Coach is telling us to expect it. Interceptions and fumbles, because in training camp I was accumulating interceptions. When I came out here my number was called. I went out there and executed it. I believe what I saw and went and got it.”
Robey jumped the route as Tannehill turned and fired on his pass attempt to Brandon Gibson.
For fans the expectations were understandably low for undrafted rookie Nickell Robey. So seeing him post a pick-six was great. For head coach Doug Marrone it’s something he had been waiting too long for in his opinion.
“He’s been really close and he’s been getting closer and closer,” said Marrone. “You’re all probably saying great play and I’m like, ‘Shoot it’s about time.’ He’s been really close, he really has. He has very good instincts. There was another play in the game he was close too. That’s why he was able to come in, you’re talking about a guy that was a college free agent and earned his way on the team and earned a spot in the nickel and is playing well.”
Robey said he saw that route several times on film during the week, which helped him anticipate the throw he took the other way Sunday.
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