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New York Giants TE Adrien Robinson Facing Make or Break Season in 2014

February 2nd, 2014 at 3:30 PM
By Jen Polashock

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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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Bear Pascoe, Ben McAdoo, David Diehl, Football, Jerry Reese, John Mara, Jon Beason, Larry Donnell, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Terrell Thomas

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8 Responses to “New York Giants TE Adrien Robinson Facing Make or Break Season in 2014”

  1.  Krow says:

    We need to get a real threat at TE. If we can’t replace Bear Pascoe then it says a lot about which direction we’re heading in.

  2.  Krow says:

    As for Robinson … we’re two years into this experiment. If he still can’t block then he’s probably never going to be able to. It’s hard to imagine that he’s going to suddenly blossom into the player we all hoped he’d be. Much like James Brewer, there’s been very little buzz about him. Injury problems too. Sometimes physical tools don’t translate to the field.

  3.  Dirt says:

    No matter what side of the aisle you sit on, or even if you have a brain and sit on neither side, we can all agree that stupid political pissing match was ridiculously misplaced on this broadcast.

  4.  Eric S says:

    How do we know that he “clearly needs to work on his blocking”? He hasn’t played enough to make that determination. And before you say this is according to Coughlin and his staff let me just say that when it comes to young guys riding pine when healthy it’s the stock answer given. I don’t completely buy it.

    Robinson didn’t have impressive numbers in college because he was utilized primarily as a blocker. And really nobody can be worse than Myers.

    I reserve judgement on Robinson until he actually gets to play. I think Jernigan should serve as an example that perhaps JR isn’t as inept at evaluating talent as many now suggest. I only hope that Coughlin has learned and understands that guys just can’t sit and marinate for 3 years before getting playing time. They need to do a better job of teaching on the fly.

    •  Krow says:

      True. Maybe the kid can play. We really don’t know. He could be the Chris Christie of blockers … but until he hits the field it’s all conjecture.

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