Adrien Robinson missed most of the team’s spring workouts while fulfilling academic requirements at the University of Cincinnati. The 6-foot-4, 264-pound tight end fell noticeably behind when training camp rolled around, leading to one of the rookie’s favorite Pope stories.
“One time I read the defensive coverage wrong,” Robinson recalled on Monday. “And he said, ‘I don’t know how you can read this wrong. I don’t know if we have to go to the morgue to get you a new set of eyes or what, but you have to see this.’ That was a good one.
“I just had to watch extra film to get caught back up to speed. Now that I’m starting to know more and more, I realize that those extra nine practices that I missed could have helped out a lot because it was a slower pace when everything’s being taught and brand new.”
With the help of the extra classroom work with Pope Robinson turned things around in Albany and was able to finish training camp on a high note. He then carried it 140 miles back to East Rutherford, where he found success this past Friday. On back-to-back plays late in the fourth quarter against the Bears, Robinson hauled in two passes — both for seven yards over the middle from backup quarterback David Carr.
They were his first receptions in a game since the third quarter of the Liberty Bowl last New Year’s Eve when his Bearcats beat Vanderbilt.
“I was talking to my agent about getting the monkey off my back,” Robinson said on Monday. “It felt good to get those first couple catches out of the way.”
It was the same feeling he had midway through training camp when the lights came on. He doesn’t recall a particular play or instance when it happened, but instead it has been a progression to where he is now.
“You make a lot of mistakes out there, you get tired of getting yelled at,” Robinson said. “So you just study a little bit more and come out there and do the right things. Also then you’ll be able to show what you can do and play fast.”
It will become even faster now that fellow tight end Travis Beckum was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
“It’s getting a lot better now,” Robinson said. “I’m starting to become more and more confident every day. Now it’s not so much knowing my assignments, it’s the small little details and reading the coverages and doing the right things consistently.”
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Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs enter the final week before the season opener.
Starters will spend most of the time on the sidelines during Wednesday’s game against New England, giving the younger players an extended opportunity. In the meantime, QB Eli Manning awaits the Sept. 5 kickoff against Dallas and players returning from injury.
“Obviously we’ve got another week before we play our first game to get guys rested. We need that and hopefully they’ll be back for the Dallas game. We’ve just got to work on getting better, the guys that are out there. Keep improving. It’s a chance for some young guys to get a lot of playing time this week and show that they’re learning this offense, learning their assignments and see if they can help us out.”
Meanwhile, WR Hakeem Nicks could be seen in the final preseason game, but nothing is for certain yet.
“Definitely can’t wait, going against some live action knowing that somebody is going to be hitting me after I catch the ball now. It will get my feet wet a little bit for this opening game. That’s what I look forward to, getting some live snaps and hopefully I get in a couple routine routes down with Eli.”
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Fans, coaches, and players never tire of re-living those moments. Themes emerge and games stick out when looking back at a championship run. Half a year removed from the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI, the MVP himself gave his take on MSG’s “Giants Chronicles,” which premiered last week.
Speaking with the voice of the Giants, Bob Papa, quarterback Eli Manning hit on what kept the team alive all season – the fourth-quarter comeback.
“We had that comfort and confidence that if it comes down to the fourth quarter and it’s a final drive, we are going to go down and score,” Manning said. “But sometimes weird things happen. In San Francisco, ball gets tipped. Against Seattle, Victor Cruz kind of slips a little bit out of a break, ball gets tipped up and intercepted and returned for a touchdown, game over. So there are always going to be those plays.
“You don’t want to have to be in that situation all the time, but I told those guys after both those circumstances, I said, ‘Hey, that was a fluke. Next time if we get in another two-minute drive, we’re going to go down and score.’ But that’s the reason you don’t want to have to be in those circumstances all the time. That’s part of football. We won a lot of them, but lost a couple.”
Then the four-game losing streak hit in November, spilling into December. But the team didn’t fall apart.
“It wasn’t that we were playing bad football – I think that was the important thing that coach Coughlin tried to get across to the players,” Manning said. “It’s not like we went through a slump and just played terrible. We had one bad game against New Orleans, they put a pretty good beating on us. But the other ones – San Francisco, a great team, we played them tough into the final minutes; Green Bay was undefeated and we played them into the final 50 seconds to a tie game; Philadelphia, same deal. We played pretty close in all those games.
“We just couldn’t find that little edge and that one- or two-play difference to get better. So that was kind of our focus – ‘hey, let’s turn up the heat a little bit more, let’s get a little more prepared, let’s work a little harder during the week and make sure we’re at our best. We’re all in at this point into this final stretch and we’re not far off from being a very good team.’”
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