But that doesn’t mean the idea hasn’t been floating around out there that, just maybe, he’s better suited for another position. He’s heard that too. Not that he’s inclined to listen.
“I’ve been a quarterback my whole life,” Robinson said. “Not once has a coach talked to me about playing anything but quarterback. … I played receiver for half a season in high school.
“I think it just comes from being mobile and I made some plays with my feet in college, but I made a lot more plays with my arm. I think that just comes with the territory. I ran a decent 40, and so maybe people say that, but I’ve been a quarterback my whole life.”
Sure, that’s part of it. Robinson’s 6-foot-2, 214 pounds and ran a 4.71 40-yard dash and posted a 35-inch vertical at the combine. But it is, indeed, more than just that. Robinson struggled to make a lot of throws on Friday, and his accuracy was inconsistent at best.
Now, that doesn’t mean it’s curtains on his career. This is, after all, the first day of camp. But you can see why he might have been seen by some teams as more “athlete” than “quarterback”. Here are some more quick hits from Session 2 of Rookie Camp:
1) Conditioning emphasis: During this practice, the players seem to jet back and forth between drills quickly, and on what looked like a special teams pursuit drill, the players had to do an up-down before running to the ball. Tempo seemed to be important, so it’s possible this was the session to test players’ endurance.
2) Specializing: There was a lot of work on special teams in the first session, and even more in the afternoon work. It seemed like every other period was special teams — group, punt, 7-on-7, punt return … and so on. Not a bad thing for the lower-round draft picks and free agents, since this area’s likely where they’ll make the team.
3) Gronkowski battling: You can most certainly see Rob Gronkowski’s effort out there, but it seems like all that time off from football might’ve caught up to him a little bit. He had some trouble tracking balls lumbering down the middle, and had a few drops. He said this morning that getting his conditioning right was the key for him, and this is probably a sign of that.
4) Letting the coaches coach: More than any NFL coach I’ve observed, Bill Belichick gets involved in position drills. And so it was interesting to see what happened when the offensive skill guys and defensive back seven went into passing skeleton. Instead of going with either of those groups, Belichick went to work with the offensive line on the far end of the field. He seems to be letting Bill O’Brien have some rope to run the offense, and Matt Patricia and Pepper Johnson some leeway to run the defense. Which was interesting to see.