Now entering his third season, Robinson knows that he has to show the Giants that he can stick on the roster in 2014 or he faces being cut loose before the regular season, which he was staring right in his face after being dropped to the bottom of the depth chart in the summer. The "JPP of tight ends" remark continued to haunt him and Robinson told the media this week that it's something that he had wished Reese never mentioned from the get-go.
“I don’t think [Reese’s Pierre-Paul comparison] was a bad thing, but it brought a lot of extra attention and the media just kind of took it and ran with it,” Robinson told The Post on Wednesday. “I don’t like hearing it now, going into my third year. But it’s just something I’ve got to deal with.”
Since Robinson has been drafted into the league, the Giants have gone with Martellus Bennett and Brandon Myers as their starting tight ends in 2012 and 2013; Bennett was productive and got a bigger contract from the Chicago Bears, while Myers was terrible in his one season and was released, which now has six guys battling it out this summer for the starting tight end job.
While Robinson was staring at the possibility of being cut by the summers end, he may have helped his own cause when he caught two passes late in the fourth quarter that helped the Giants rally to beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-26 last weekend in their third preseason victory. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took note of Robinson's performance and felt that it has given him a second chance to move up on the depth chart.
“He certainly has given himself an opportunity to play a little bit more, yeah,” Coughlin said.
Robinson lead all receivers in the game against the Colts with two catches for 58 yards, his longest was a 33-yard catch; he also had a 25-yard catch as well in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-16 play. In order for Robinson to continue to move up the depth chart, he'll need to continue to impress in the summer and in the team's two final preseason games against the New York Jets and New England Patriots.
“I definitely feel like it’s time for me to produce,” Robinson said. “It’s my third year, and it’s now or never. I definitely feel that pressure.”
While Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells have been labeled the front-runners in the tight end competition, Robinson is trying to make sure he does not go quietly into the night and wants to seize every opportunity he can with the Giants. With no starting tight end in place, now's his time to make a name for himself.
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