There has been a lot of talk going on about how the New York Giants should draft North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron in the upcoming NFL draft, but people should actually be talking about just how big of a breakout year TE Adrien Robinson is going to have this season.
Robinson was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Cincinnati. Unfortunately, Robinson has seen very limited playing time in his short career due to injuries. Last year, during his only snap of the season, he suffered a sprained right knee and was forced to abstain from all football activities until March. Now that Robinson has returned, many believe this will be his breakout season and there are plenty of reasons to agree.
The Giants nicknamed Robinson “the Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends” because of his wicked combination of size and speed. Robinson is freakishly athletic for his 6-foot-5, 264-pound frame and clocked in a 4.51 40-yard dash time at his pro day. For reference, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick ran an official 4.53 40-yard dash.
Nobody doubts Robinson’s physical abilities, but will the Giants’ offensive system be the right fit to allow the productive season from Robinson that some are expecting? Definitely.
Ben McAdoo signed on to be the Giants’ offensive coordinator this offseason, and McAdoo has spoken plenty about the type of attacking offensive system he is installing. Robinson will have plenty of chances to be productive in this system, especially because tight ends are known to flourish in McAdoo’s offenses.
The Green Bay Packers‘ tight ends, whom McAdoo coached from 2006 to just last season, combined for 133 catches in the past two seasons. Since the Giants’ starting tight end from last season, Brandon Meyers, is officially off the roster due to ineffectiveness, those catches are Robinson’s to lose.
Robinson knows this season has potential to be his breakout year and he is extremely motivated to take advantage of this opportunity. However, he also knows staying healthy is a vital part to having a successful year as well. That is the only question mark surrounding Robinson and as long as he stays on the gridiron, Adrien Robinson just might be a household name by this time next year.