To update a previous story about Broncos tight end and former wide receiver Gerell Robinson, the team site did a feature on him that revealed some very cool information.
First of all, Robinson was the only tight end working with position coach Clancy Barone at the ‘rookie’ minicamp over the weekend. Even though Robinson is in his third NFL season now, he was signed to the Broncos’ roster after spending last year on the practice squad, and by whatever set of league rules and circumstance, he was allowed to participate in the minicamp, likely because he hasn’t played in any regular season games.
Not only did Robinson receive every rep in practices, but he apparently has added weight.
“Right now I’m probably 238, 240 and I’m still gradually fine tuning things and getting stronger. That’s the main thing, getting stronger,” Robinson said.
I found it really encouraging that Robinson was able to get all the reps at minicamp. Not that you don’t want to see other guys get in the mix, but after spending all last year on the practice squad, Robinson’s clearly developed mentally, physically, and has had an opportunity to get one-on-one experience with his position coach.
The roster won’t be determined by personal relationships, necessarily, but what we have seen from Robinson to this point and now what his coaches think of him is going to be a huge determining factor of whether or not he makes the roster. The Broncos view him as a potential nightmare mismatch with linebackers and safeties.
“We look for an athlete in the passing game at that position,” Head Coach John Fox said. “We thought it was just a great opportunity for us to get him involved in that.”
Robinson closed off last year’s pre-season with five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. If he can have a strong training camp and pre-season in 2014, he should be able to lock down a roster spot for the first time in his NFL career.