The New England Patriots will host free agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson for a workout on Tuesday. The Patriots are reportedly seeking a veteran wideout after releasing Donald Jones on Friday.
Robinson has played for four teams in his six-year NFL career, most recently suiting up for the Jacksonville Jaguars this past season. Last offseason, the Jaguars signed the wideout to a lucrative five-year, $32.5 million contract after he posted a terrific season in 2011 with the Dallas Cowboys, hauling in 54 receptions for 858 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, their offseason prize from a year ago did not pan out as Robinson sustained multiple concussions throughout the 2012 season, limiting him to seven games and just four starts. He caught just 24 passes for 252 yards and did not score a single touchdown. The Jaguars cut Robinson at the start of free agency in March.
The 28-year-old wideout believes he is healthy now and is ready to replicate his 2011 season. Robinson worked out for the receiver-deprived New York Jets today, and he could be a nice addition to a Jets squad that severely lacks talent at the wideout position.
Could Robinson be a good fit with the Patriots?
The team cut Jones in an effort to set up their young wideouts, such as 2013 draft picks Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, for opportunities in the offensive scheme. Alas, the Patriots are in need of a receiver with size and speed to play on the outside to complement their inside passing game. As a 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver, Robinson may be able to fill a void in the Patriots’ passing game.
In order for Robinson to make the Patriots’ 53-man-roster, he must prove to the coaching staff in training camp and pre-season that his injury woes are behind him, and demonstrate that he can be a reliable target on the outside.