New York Giants third-year tight end Adrien Robinson was once called the “JPP of tight ends” by general manager Jerry Reese due to his freakish athleticism and speed for a player with his size. At 6’4 and 264 pounds, Robinson sure looks the part, but has not been unable to stay healthy enough to see the field.
In two seasons with the Giants, Robinson has only played in three games while amassing donuts in every other statistical category. That said, it does not mean Robinson is a bust just yet. Many late bloomers have proven that over time, through practice and hard work that even some of these perceived “busts” have turned their careers around.
Robinson, who is coming off a knee sprain suffered against the Detroit Lions in his first and only play of the season, is excited about his prospects for two reasons. The first being that he is currently the only tight end on the roster aside from Larry Donnell who is a developing tight end in his own right. With Brandon Myers and Mike Pope gone, Robinson is looking forward to playing with Ben McAdoo who was part of an offense in Green Bay that often utilized the tight end position. Packers' free agent tight end Jermichael Finley was on pace for a career year before his injury.
Robinson was alongside Damontre Moore at the Biondi School in Yonkers where each gave a speech to the students ranging on topics from personal struggles to how the players would feel if the Giants drafted Michael Sam. In addition, Robinson noted that he studied McAdoo’s offense.
"Definitely, I watched to see what type of offense it would be," Robinson said. He added, "They throw the ball to the tight end a lot. So for me, individually, that's good."
Robinson was then asked if this would be his breakout year. To which he smiled and responded, “I hope so.” Followed by, “definitely.” Which was then followed by a short pause that concluded with, “it has to be this year.” After struggling with foot and knee injuries, this may very well be the year the Robinson makes an impression on the field and lives up to his JPP comparison. If he is unable to, he will likely find himself as the odd man out and the Giants will more than likely move on without Robinson.
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