Bonsignore: Rams offensive lineman Greg Robinson is finally living up to his hype
Aug. 23, 2016
Updated 10:42 p.m.
After three weeks of training camp and two preseason games in which he's graded out as well as anyone on the roster, Rams offensive tackle Greg Robinson, left, is reaping the rewards of the urgency he approached camp with and the comfort level he now has in his surroundings.MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
By VINCENT BONSIGNORE/ STAFF COLUMNIST
IRVINE – The wrong way to explain the struggles of Greg Robinson over his first two years with the Rams was that he just didn’t care.
Or that he cashed in a bonus check befitting the second overall pick in the 2014 draft and throttled down to kick-back mode.
It might have seemed that way judging by his play on the field. The run blocking he was renowned for at Auburn didn’t consistently carry over to the NFL. The pass-blocking that scouts vowed would improve in a new system and under better coaching never fully materialized.
And his performance reflected a player drafted much lower than second overall and a motor operating in second gear rather than full throttle.
The complaints and criticisms and assessments are valid, and Robinson would be the first to admit.
“I was acknowledged for a lot of big things I did in college, and I know I got off to not such a great start coming into the league,” Robinson said.
But it would be a mistake to assume it was a personality and professional issue.
Looking back, Robinson leaped head-first into an NFL game moving faster than he’d ever seen while opening a playbook as vast an anything he could imagine. Everything from the level of play to the elevated study demands were beyond what he’d ever experienced.
Things were moving just a little too fast, and in retrospect responsibility was thrust on him a bit too soon. In an effort to just keep up, Robinson played rushed, hasty and unsettled rather than in tune, on time and with confidence.
It didn’t help he was never quite healthy, which meant devoting almost as much focus on pain and recovery as he did his craft and on-field responsibilities.
But he kept his mouth shut.
Bad enough he wasn’t living up to the hype as the second pick overall.
Making excuses would have just compounded the problem.
He just went about his business the last seven months determined to change the narrative.
And he arrived at Rams training camp healthy, in shape and more settled in with the playbook and his responsibilities then he’s ever been since leaving Auburn.
His body now cooperating and his mind finally catching up to the incredible physical gifts, Robinson has been able to shift into full throttle in a way that’s allowed the game to slow down and his performance to elevate to it’s highest...
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