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New York Giants’ Adrien Robinson Adjusting to Pro Game; Feels “Lucky” to Be a Giant

November 19th, 2012 at 7:40 AM
By Dan Benton

Shortly after being drafted in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Adrien Robinson was referred to as the "JPP of tight ends" by New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese. It was quite a bit of praise heaped on a young man who had little football experience, and it only added to the pressure he faced coming into the league. But with his first season now a little more than half over, Robinson is feeling blessed to be with Big Blue.

"I think I’m lucky to be here, like it’s a blessing. I always thought that I could make it to the NFL, but to make it to this team, this organization, is just amazing," Robinson told "I’m just glad to be here."

Robinson acknowledged that he had some preconceived notions about the Giants, however. And especially head coach Tom Coughlin, who is known throughout the football world as a strict disciplinarian – even after his transformation during the 2007 season. But upon his arrival, things weren't nearly as bad as the rookie had anticipated.

"I knew he was good coach, but I thought he’d be pretty strict and have a lot of rules and not let guys get away with anything," Robinson said. "It’s kind of how it is, but it’s not as bad as I thought. I was thinking it was going to be military boot camp because he’s so much older. That’s what I was kind of expecting, but it’s not really like that."

Like fellow rookies David Wilson and Rueben Randle, Robinson hasn't seen much time on the field; and like those two, it has a lot to do with adjusting to the pro game and the complexity of the Giants' offensive system.

"I didn’t expect [things] to be as mental as [they are]. I was kind of thinking I could still just come out there and play, kind of like college," he said. "But it’s a lot more mental, a lot more things to the game. There’s a lot more to football than I thought, than I knew before."

With Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum all leading the way, Robinson certainly has a lot of diverse talent to learn from. But, as all Giants fans know, his biggest asset is tight ends coach Mike Pope – a man who can turn any grain of sand into a pearl. Accordingly, it's only a matter of time before we see the JPP-like athleticism o Robinson running up and down the field, creating mismatches and problems for opposing defenses.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon


Tags: Adrien Robinson, Bear Pascoe, David Wilson, Football, Jerry Reese, Martellus Bennett, Mike Pope, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Rueben Randle, Tom Coughlin, Travis Beckum

26 Responses to “New York Giants’ Adrien Robinson Adjusting to Pro Game; Feels “Lucky” to Be a Giant”

  1.  Krow says:

    It’s funny, but there’s almost a generic story to all our rookies.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    without the Giants playing yesterday and with the holidays coming I was compelled to honor my standing bye-wek promise to my wife and thus saw no games yesterday; only scores.
    But yesterday appears to have been the best week for the Giants in nearly a month.
    The Eagles got shellacked by the skins, all but ending their already long-shot hopes; which makes them a much different animal for the giants come week 17
    Dallas needed overtime to beat cleveland which reinforces the overall weakness of their team and the likelihood that they will still have a couple (2-3) dark days ahead
    if the Giants play well against GB – as I think they will – and win; and then put away Washington the next week, they’ll all but wrap up the East
    even a loss to GB will not be a disaster if they play well and then beat Washington the week after; although a loss in the next two would make the race with Dallas closer

    but at least as bye weeks go, it was a pretty good one for the giants

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Hmm, interestingly, while I saw very little of any games, my reaction was the opposite. It sounded like Dallas, Atlanta and Tampa Bay all could easily have lost but didn’t, and each of those losses would have been useful for us. From the quick highlight shots I saw it appears that the Browns and Cards, in particular, practically handed the game on a silver platter to their opponents.

      And frankly, I’d have been just as happy to see the Skins lose. They are a team on the rise and not yet out of it in the division race.

      But the Giants need to take care of their own business and not expect help from other teams. Hey, if they win out they win the division, right? So just start with Green Bay and go from there.

      •  GOAT56 says:


        Add GB to that mix as well. The Browns were should have won but that’s how it goes. They had a 30 yard PI called against them that was horrible and then a missed fumble call in OT. Arizona could have won if the coach wasn’t trying to prove a point a play a rookie QB that wasn’t ready. TB I thought got the wrong side of a fumble call that changed the game. But they still rallied. That win is looking better and better. Freeman is a legit QB. Detroit just keeps on making mistakes, I thought they outplayed GB but made too many mistakes.

        The Skins now have real life. I know many don’t fear them, I don’t either. But if they win vs Dallas thurs and we lose they play us for a chance to be in first place. Crazy. That being said I will be rooting for the skins Thurs and hope we can just take care of our own business.

        It does worry me that a win like that for Dallas serves as a loss mentally with a win in the win-loss column. Dallas is still our real threat.

      •  kinsho says:

        That last paragraph is key. The Giants are still in control of their destiny. We shouldn’t rely on help from other teams to carry us into the playoffs.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    We’re going to really need Robinson to be ready next season. The absence of a reliable third target for Eli this season is a BIG part of why the offense is flailing away lately. The injuries to Bennett and Hixon, the inability of Randle to develop at an accelerated pace (no, he WASN’T “NFL-ready” as claimed), and the lack of talent after those guys on the depth chart, plus the health of Nicks, have been a FAR bigger part of Eli’s “problem” than anyone wants to admit.

    Quarterbacks cannot always play “above their surrounding talent” as Phil Simms seems to want for the elite QBs. They sometimes can (Eli has done so frequently), but it cannot be sustained for long. Defenses are too clever at taking away your strengths when you don’t have enough of them. You have to either have three very good targets for a quarterback or a very good running game. If the Giants develop neither it’s going to be a frustrating last six weeks of the season.

    •  JimStoll says:

      a real running game could help a lot
      I will be very interested to see if the giants give Andre Brown the lion’s share of carries and some passes out of the backfield

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I have been hard on Eli but I do admit those are legit factors recently. But I think those factors can revert back with Bennett and Nicks being healthier long with Randle’s development. I have only been hard on Eli because I think highly of him while these are legit factors they are not enough of a factor from a player of his caliber not to play better. I do think the absence of 3rd WR is a bit overplayed in terms of Eli’s struggles because Eli played well last year in many games without Nicks or MM and poor OL play.

      Needing Robinson next year will depend upon if Bennett returns. But I think Robinson with Bennett next year can provide a different dimension in having 2 multitalented TEs.

      •  JimStoll says:

        can’t see bennet or nicks getting fully healthy given that each has some sort of tear in their knees
        running game needs to be emphasized and respond or things could get ugly

        it’s all about andre brown now

        •  demo3356 says:

          Nicks is getting healthier and should be good to go after the bye. There is NO reliable source that has said anything about a tear in his knee. Bennet on the other hand is going to struggle to get fully healthy until he has off season surgery. He may be used more as a blocker from here on out with Beckum being the receiving threat at the TE posisiton

  4.  demo3356 says:

    We were a Cleveland choke job from a perfect bye week of Sports for me.. The Knicks are 7-1, RA Dickey won the Cy Young and the Philthy E Girls quit on their coach and got murdered in DC.. All that was needed to put the icing on the top was Cleveland not t let Dallas score with a little over a minute left in the 4th quarter.. So close

  5.  demo3356 says:

    On the flip side, seeing Dallas struggle so much and need so many calls to go their way to beat a dreadful Browns team at home in OT makes me realize that they are indeed frauds. They are now 5-5 this year and 100-100 this century. They are indeed a mediocre team. They will finish 8-8 or 7-9. I wouldn’t be surprised to see RG3 beat them Thursday. Dealing with that electric kid with only getting 3 days rest after having to tackle that beast Trent Richardson 20 plus times yesterday wont be fun for their aging front 7..

    •  JimStoll says:

      my thinking exactly
      the East is not looking too good these days, except of course when it comes to the post-season

      •  kinsho says:

        The NFC East is the worst division in the NFC looking strictly at records.

        Kind of shocking considering all the talent in our division. I was honestly expecting much more from us.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I can see that but I can also see it was the break they needed to move forward. Make no mistake about it they were outplayed but they won. When you start to win that builds confidence. Also, one think that is different with this Dallas team is they have hurt. They have done some stupid things at times but they always seem to come back this year. Sometimes they fall short but in some ways it reminds me of us last year.

      •  demo3356 says:

        They are the same mediocre team they have been for the last 16 years bro.. They are not a good team at all. Cleveland is quite possibly the wowst team in the NFL outside of maybe KC and they came into big D and gave the Cowpokes ALL they could handle. The Browns sacked Romo like 7 times and were a few bad calls away from leaving with a win. I’m gonna tell you like I told you last season when you crowned the Skins after week 1- The Cowboys are an 8-8 team. Seeing them yesterday cemented that in my mind. I think Washington beats them Thursday and moves into 2nd place. Dallas then beats the punched out Eagles and struggles to find 2 more wins after that

      •  demo3356 says:

        I’ll admit they had me fooled up until 4:30 yesterday. I thought they were going to be our toughest comp for the division

  6.  demo3356 says:

    I hate all things Philly (besides Cheese steaks) and I LOVE watching them crumble but part of me does feel bad for Andy Reid. He is a great coach and has had a really crappy last 5 months. I hope he takes a year off to spend with his family and then goes to a non Jets AFC team.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    Green Bay didn’t exactly look like world beaters yesterday. A Burn unit Lions Secondary held them to 14 pts for like 56 minutes

    •  kinsho says:

      Is there any team out there that look like world beaters?

      •  demo3356 says:

        Did you watch the Patriots last night bro? The Broncos look awesome too. Not sure I’d want to play the Saints, Bucs, Texans or Ravens right now either.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Actually 7 points the first 56. Stafford threw a pick 6. Rodgers was just ok, even that game winning TD was not a great throw.

  8.  kinsho says:

    Also, I thought this kid was dead. I honestly forgot that we drafted him along with Randle and Wilson.

  9.  GeezUp says:

    I’m just lucky to be a Giants Fan…growing up in Redskins country, now living in Cowboys country; Things could be so much worse for me. Thank you God

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