Shortly after being drafted in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Adrien Robinson was referred to as the "JPP of tight ends" by New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese. It was quite a bit of praise heaped on a young man who had little football experience, and it only added to the pressure he faced coming into the league. But with his first season now a little more than half over, Robinson is feeling blessed to be with Big Blue.
"I think I’m lucky to be here, like it’s a blessing. I always thought that I could make it to the NFL, but to make it to this team, this organization, is just amazing," Robinson told Giants.com. "I’m just glad to be here."
Robinson acknowledged that he had some preconceived notions about the Giants, however. And especially head coach Tom Coughlin, who is known throughout the football world as a strict disciplinarian – even after his transformation during the 2007 season. But upon his arrival, things weren't nearly as bad as the rookie had anticipated.
"I knew he was good coach, but I thought he’d be pretty strict and have a lot of rules and not let guys get away with anything," Robinson said. "It’s kind of how it is, but it’s not as bad as I thought. I was thinking it was going to be military boot camp because he’s so much older. That’s what I was kind of expecting, but it’s not really like that."
Like fellow rookies David Wilson and Rueben Randle, Robinson hasn't seen much time on the field; and like those two, it has a lot to do with adjusting to the pro game and the complexity of the Giants' offensive system.
"I didn’t expect [things] to be as mental as [they are]. I was kind of thinking I could still just come out there and play, kind of like college," he said. "But it’s a lot more mental, a lot more things to the game. There’s a lot more to football than I thought, than I knew before."
With Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum all leading the way, Robinson certainly has a lot of diverse talent to learn from. But, as all Giants fans know, his biggest asset is tight ends coach Mike Pope – a man who can turn any grain of sand into a pearl. Accordingly, it's only a matter of time before we see the JPP-like athleticism o Robinson running up and down the field, creating mismatches and problems for opposing defenses.
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