Perseverance is a trait that society admires. Those who refuse to give in despite adversity benefit in the big picture. Being denied possession of one’s dreams counts as an example and one individual has demonstrated that they will not be deterred.
Undrafted free agent cornerback Mason Robinson received an invitation to attend New York Jets minicamp after going unsigned at a previous tryout. Robinson spent six seasons playing for Rutgers after an outstanding high school career in New Jersey where he also excelled as in track. He contributed to his team by fulfilling several different roles.
Initially Robinson saw action at running back as he averaged 5.6 yards per carry in limited time while now Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice dominated touches. The next year resulted in an emergence of Jawan Jamison, which again caused Robinson to take a back seat. Former head coach Greg Schiano transitioned him to wide receiver during 2009’s campaign as he caught only one pass. Yet another position switch took place to cornerback while Robinson was granted a fifth season. Injuries gained permission for a sixth season where he also played some safety. One skill will help this player as he competes.
Robinson displays speed no matter where he is on the field, which was justified with a 4.35 40-yard dash. Used sparingly in coverage, an adequate ability to defend opposing receivers is there. Anyone with high character can help a Jets’ locker room that has become toxic in recent years.
If head coach Rex Ryan decides to provide an opportunity, there should be a strategy of utilizing Robinson as a two-way player occasionally at running back and defensive back. While Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson and Dee Milliner lock up corner, one spot still needs help. The free safety position was something I mentioned as one of five questions the Jets must answer.
Josh Bush and Antonio Allen have promise but are unproven. In spots, Robinson could provide a lift, however, his best chance to make an immediate impact would be in the return game. New York should extend a contract to the hard worker who could provide energy to this franchise. If it is not Gang Green, then someone else would benefit from his addition.