Before it’s mentioned that the major concern for the New York Giants this offseason is the offensive line, realize that the higher-ups are fully aware of this. It’s been put on record. General Manager Jerry Reese is just as aware that he, too, is on notice.
“My biggest concern coming into the year was would our offensive line stay healthy because I was concerned about the depth that we had there. That to me is the number one personnel priority going into the offseason, to improve the offensive line," said Giants co-owner John Mara.
The offensive trenches unit literally had seven different starting arrangements for the 2013 season. Everyone knows that was the primary problem for the New York Giants offense. Besides running back, another is (and honestly has been from a stability standpoint) the tight ends. Perhaps this upcoming 2014 season, things are altered — provided that line is not only fixed, but more established.
Folks like to underestimate unrestricted free agent (UFA) Bear Pascoe, but in recently retired offensive lineman David Diehl-like fashion, Pascoe has done all that has been asked of him without complaint. He’s a blue collar player that’s had varying position changes over the years, between fullback and tight end — always filling in due to injuries. As much as he isn’t a flashy-type, he’s done a very solid (and quiet) job as a blocker. If not re-signed, who will take his place? Second year undrafted Larry Donnell may have potential after showing some flashes, but allegedly, so does every tight end wearing an NFL jersey. Donnell needs work. The Giants need a definite. A preseason foot injury derailed Robinson, who, when he did get onto the field, ended up suffering a knee injury on the team's opening kickoff late in the year.
As for Adrien Robinson, he was a 4th round (127th pick overall) draft pick out of the University of Cincinnati in 2012. He has yet to live up to his “JPP of tight ends” moniker. He missed the 2012 offseason program because of graduation requirements at Cincinnati. He then missed a considerable amount of time in 2013 with a preseason foot injury and later on in the season, a knee injury. However, dependent upon his “health,” he may end up being a very bright spot in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system.
Robinson's 6’4”, 265-pound athletic build can be the Giants’ forever-lacking, huge, physical target. Clearly, he needs work on blocking, but with the offensive system changing, so may the traditional blue tight end role. He just needs to seriously keep his cleats on the grid iron instead of on the sidelines.
If Robinson is a perceptive and vigilant player that talks with many of his teammates, he needs to have the “seize the moment”/”second-to-last chance” conversation with a few of them. Ask defensive back Terrell Thomas, or even linebacker Jon Beason what it feels like for the Giants to give second chances to show full potential and use that advice. Immediately.
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