2012 Rookie Recap: TE Adrien Robinson

Posted Mar 4, 2013's Michael Eisen takes a look back at the team's 2012 Rookie Class

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Last April, the Giants drafted seven players who joined the organization with various degrees of confidence, excitement, nervousness, anxiety and readiness to contribute. In their inaugural season in 2012, each confronted the challenges faced by all rookies, including learning to be a professional, memorizing the playbook, integrating themselves into a veteran team that had won the Super Bowl the previous season, finding a place to live and, perhaps most challenging to young player joining the Giants from another part of the country, getting accustomed to driving in New Jersey.

The seven players had widely divergent degrees of success. Some played in every game. Others didn’t step on the field all season.

The Giants’ 2012 draft class is a tight-knit group that spends time together and supports each other. Near the end of the season, we gave each of them an opportunity to talk about their first NFL season.

Adrien Robinson
Fourth Round, 127th Overall Selection

Because he was completing his academic requirements at Cincinnati and did not participate in most of the offseason camps and programs, Robinson was behind the other tight ends and rookies when he reported to training camp. He was inactive for all but two games and his playing time was limited to special teams.

But Robinson said this year has been extraordinarily helpful in preparing him for the future.

“I’ve been learning a lot,” Robinson said. “(Tight ends) Coach (Michael Pope) tells me he thinks I need a year to develop and understand the system and get stronger, so that’s just what I’ve been doing. But I think it’s helping me out a lot because I’m much more comfortable with the offense now than when I first got here.

“It took me a few games into the season before I felt that I could go out there and execute without thinking as much. I’m still a rookie, so I’m going to make mistakes here and there, but I would say a couple of games into the season I felt pretty comfortable.”

With the benefit of a full offseason of work, Robinson and the Giants believe he can be a contributor for the team.

“He did a lot of good things in practice and unfortunately he wasn’t able to get a suit much during the season,” Reese said. “We still have very high hopes for him. He’s a big, talented guy that’s fast and can run and can do all the things. But again, it’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to get him the suit on Sundays and get him some experience playing in the National Football League. We hope he’ll continue to develop…have an offseason under his belt to go through. Hopefully, he’ll be able to help us moving forward as a tight end in our tight end stable.”

Most of Robinson’s practice work was on the scout team, where he was often asked to block the Giants’ standout defensive ends.

“I’m going up against Justin Tuck and JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul) and I’m getting to see how they line up against different offenses, so I just take that and use it to help me. I feel like this year has just been a learning process and I have to wait my time and it will come and I’ll be ready.”
And about those roads…

“The highways are different out here,” Robinson said. “I’m used to getting on (Interstate) 75 (near Cincinnati) and going to exit 10. If I miss exit 10 you just get off at 11 and turn back around. Here if you miss your exit it can take you 30 minutes to turn back around. There are so many no left turns and it’s just different. In Cincinnati and Indianapolis (his hometown) it’s a lot easier to get around, but I’m getting used to it now. I’m a little more aggressive now.”

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