The battle at the tight end position for the New Giants has been a well-documented one as there are no big names, but rather a bunch of guys with various skill sets vying for the number one spot in an offense that will rely heavily on their play. The fourth-round pick of the 2012 draft, Adrien Robinson, was supposed to be the incumbent starter. Unfortunately for the Giants, none of the current tight ends have stood out and stole the job. The battle ensues and Adrien Robinson is not giving up despite appearing last on the team’s first official depth chart and seeing limited action against both the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Through the first two preseason games, Robinson has amassed only one catch for nine yards on just two targets. He had an opportunity to make a play in the third quarter against the Steelers but dropped the pass. Well after the game was over, the drop was still bothering Robinson. That could either be good or bad depending on how you look at it.
The fact that the drop was bothering him shows his level of responsibility and belief in himself that he could’ve easily made the play but took off before looking the ball in. However, it could also be indicative of weak mental fortitude as the great receivers often forget about the drops and move onto the next play in the hopes of making an impact with a clear head rather than dwelling on a mistake.
"I didn't get my eyes around quick enough," Robinson explained. "When I turned the ball was right there. I should have caught it. I should have caught it. It was a good ball."
When asked about the depth chart and his lack of playtime with the starters, Robinson revealed that he was not upset and that he knew it was a motivational ploy from the coaches.
"I wasn't upset," Robinson revealed. "I tried to see it as a motivational thing, like I need to keep working. I wasn't upset at all because it was so early in camp and by the time we get to the end I won't be there [current position on depth chart]."
Over the next few games Robinson should see more action than he has in order to prove that he deserves a spot on this team. However, in order to ensure that he gets those added minutes, he must impress and work hard in practice or else Larry Donnell will likely start again against the Indianapolis Colts. One thing is for sure, Robinson is not waiting for his turn, he knows that time is limited and he has to make an impression quickly.
"The time definitely is right now," he said. "That's why I wish I caught that first pass. But we have three more games."
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