Results 1 to 7 of 7
Like Tree4Likes
  • 2 Post By macrammer
  • 2 Post By TekeRam

Thread: Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

  1. #1
    r8rh8rmike's Avatar
    r8rh8rmike is online now Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    29 Palms, Ca.
    Age
    55
    Posts
    11,246
    Rep Power
    127

    Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

    Greg Robinson's move a work in progress

    June, 19, 2014
    By Nick Wagoner | ESPN.com

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- At a time of year when nearly every NFL player is said to be making some sort of progress, "ahead of schedule," and/or in the best shape of his life, St. Louis RamsSt. Louis Rams rookie offensive lineman Greg Robinson is frustrated and he's not afraid to say it.

    The No. 2 overall pick in May's NFL draft is making the transition from left tackle to starting left guard for the Rams. It's a move that has Robinson openly acknowledging that it's a work in progress -- progress that isn't coming fast enough for his taste.

    "It's frustrating that I'm not up to pace right now because the playbook is more intense and things are changing but once I get back to where I'm comfortable, things will calm down and I can be myself out there," Robinson said.

    When asked why he's frustrated given that he's participated in less than a dozen NFL practices, Robinson offered another refreshingly honest assessment of his progress.

    "I didn't know what to expect, honestly," Robinson said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself because I like to challenge myself. It's something I want to do and just stand out to the coaches and let them be comfortable with their choice."

    Robinson's desire to learn his new position hasn't been limited to words during the team's organized team activities. He's spent plenty of time picking the brains of veteran linemen such as Jake Long, Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells as well as offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. He's also stayed on the field after practice in order to get extra work.

    From the outside, the move from left tackle, a position widely regarded as the toughest to play because of the athleticism and ability of the top pass-rushers, to guard might seem simple enough but Robinson says there's more to it than meets the eye. And since Robinson hasn't played inside since high school, he's essentially starting from scratch.

    "It's just everything happens faster inside," Robinson said. "Outside you have a little more time to kick. The guys are faster but these guys are just quick and trained to rush the passer. It's just about keeping my feet working and knowing when to pull.

    "Right now it's a lot of thinking going on, it causes me to move a little slower. Once I get up to speed, I can move with the snap count and stuff like that."

    Robinson also isn't getting much of a break in terms of working his way up slowly. He's been taking repetitions with the first team offense at left guard from the moment he arrived in St. Louis and has been working exclusively in that spot during OTAs. Since those practices aren't padded and don't allow for contact, it's been even more difficult for him to gauge his progress.

    But offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is pleased with the rate of Robinson's improvement while acknowledging that it isn't going to happen overnight.

    "I think it's going to be an adjustment," Schottenheimer said. "He's doing good. New system, new position ... it's going to take a little time. You can see out there how naturally talented he is, how strong he is, how athletic he is, but there's been some growing pains and there will be."

    Practicing without pads has also left little opportunity for Robinson to polish his technique as a pass protector, the area of his game most in need of work as he transitions to the NFL. That will become more of a point of emphasis in training camp when linemen can have more than limited contact.

    While Robinson is going to spend most of his time settling on the interior, he says the plan for training camp is to get some work at tackle, the position he projects to for the long term.

    "Coach mentioned that I will get some pass rush at tackle but I don't know how in detail he's going to go with me playing there," Robinson said. "I think I'm going to stay at guard for the most part."

    The Rams and Robinson will wrap up OTAs this week and all players will be asked to return in shape and ready to compete for training camp. Robinson plans to go home to see his family and spend time training in Florida and Arizona.

    But you'll be hard-pressed to find any Ram more eager to return to work in St. Louis.

    "It's been good," Robinson said. "I started off slow, started to pick it up a bit. It's coming slowly. I'm sad this has to end, I need a little more work honestly. I'm anxious to get into camp and continue working during this little break we are about to get."


  2. #2
    r8rh8rmike's Avatar
    r8rh8rmike is online now Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    29 Palms, Ca.
    Age
    55
    Posts
    11,246
    Rep Power
    127

    Re: Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

    You've got to love Robinson's attitude and work ethic. We all knew he was a raw prospect that was going to need time to develop (especially moving to a new position), and we're still only in OTA's, but I'd be lying if I said I'm completely happy with where he is. I'm certainly not saying we should have done something different in the draft, and there is a long way to go before the season starts, but I'd much rather be hearing the things being said about Jake Matthews :

    He has so far been living up to the hype of being the most technically sound and most NFL-ready tackle in the draft. Per sportingnews.com's Craig Sager Jr., head coach Mike Smith said Matthews "is everything we anticipated he's going to be. Jake is very mature not only physically but mentally in terms of understanding what it takes to be an NFL player and I like the way he moved today."

    Vaugh McClure of ESPN.com mentioned Matthews when breaking down 10 observations from the Falcons' OTAs: "Rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews showed great quickness throughout the day and looked more like a veteran next to the other four offensive linemen."

  3. #3
    macrammer's Avatar
    macrammer is online now Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Northern Cal
    Age
    55
    Posts
    1,952
    Rep Power
    27

    Re: Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

    Hi mike,

    Yes, we have been burned in past with high OL draft picks.......This one just has to bear major fruit for the Rams for us to really move forward as an offensive unit. I think he will be fine.....but then again I though Barron and Smith would be fine too.
    r8rh8rmike and Randart like this.

  4. #4
    r8rh8rmike's Avatar
    r8rh8rmike is online now Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    29 Palms, Ca.
    Age
    55
    Posts
    11,246
    Rep Power
    127

    Re: Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by macrammer View Post
    Hi mike,

    Yes, we have been burned in past with high OL draft picks.......This one just has to bear major fruit for the Rams for us to really move forward as an offensive unit. I think he will be fine.....but then again I though Barron and Smith would be fine too.
    I think he'll be fine too mac, but like you, I always have doubts in the back of my mind because of the guys you mentioned, especially Smith, who had the same kind of attitude and work ethic, and who was also seen as a project with tremendous upside and athletic ability. In fairness to Robinson, he's not only adjusting to the NFL, but a new position as well, so I'll cut him some slack.

  5. #5
    macrammer's Avatar
    macrammer is online now Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Northern Cal
    Age
    55
    Posts
    1,952
    Rep Power
    27

    Re: Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    I think he'll be fine too mac, but like you, I always have doubts in the back of my mind because of the guys you mentioned, especially Smith, who had the same kind of attitude and work ethic, and who was also seen as a project with tremendous upside and athletic ability. In fairness to Robinson, he's not only adjusting to the NFL, but a new position as well, so I'll cut him some slack.
    I will too. We are all just a bit anxious over this year I suppose. It seems we are on the precipice of a really good team should the new and vet talent all jive. After so many years of losing, I know I am more then anxious !!

  6. #6
    RockinRam's Avatar
    RockinRam is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    4,074
    Rep Power
    44

    Re: Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    You've got to love Robinson's attitude and work ethic. We all knew he was a raw prospect that was going to need time to develop (especially moving to a new position), and we're still only in OTA's, but I'd be lying if I said I'm completely happy with where he is. I'm certainly not saying we should have done something different in the draft, and there is a long way to go before the season starts, but I'd much rather be hearing the things being said about Jake Matthews :
    Agh don't remind me! Still bitter about this. I have no problems whatsoever with Robinson; I just still like Matthews more.

  7. #7
    TekeRam's Avatar
    TekeRam is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Lexington, Kentucky, United States
    Age
    30
    Posts
    3,867
    Rep Power
    71

    Re: Wagoner: Greg Robinson's Move A Work In Progress

    I made it no secret that I preferred Matthews leading up to the draft, because I knew that this exact thing would happen. We all knew that Robinson was raw, and was getting by with his awesome physical talent in a running offense. We also knew that Matthews got to the top of the first round by being supremely football intelligent(hell, he knew more at 10 than most of us ever will coming from his family) and by being extremely technically sound. I would rather go with a plished product thatw e could pencil in at any of the 5 positions for the next 10 years at least than swing for the fences, but swing we did. It wasn't wrong, we got a potentially all-pro player. But it's going to take a couple years to get him there. Now is not the time for inpatience with Greg's progress.

    I just hope that in a few years, our swing is considered a home run.
    mde8352gorams and timsum1283 like this.
    I believe!

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: -04-21-2014, 02:39 AM
  2. Greg Cosell on Auburn OT Greg Robinson
    By Nick in forum DRAFT & FA
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: -04-01-2014, 10:26 PM
  3. Replies: 22
    Last Post: -01-11-2012, 10:40 AM
  4. Replies: 21
    Last Post: -05-26-2008, 07:27 PM
  5. Linehan's makeover is still a work in progress
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: -05-14-2008, 02:10 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •