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Gamble1
05-29-2008, 11:18 PM
Gijon Robinson is a blocking tight end who I hope makes the team. We sorely need this kind of player and he can also play special teams.

Of course with Ben Utecht gone I could see the colts adjusting there roster to allow a guy like Robinson on the team.

He would be critical for Addai to turn the corner on the stretch plays which Tom Moore loves to run. The colts sorely needed this last year but couldn't get anything to work and finally just gave up on it all together.

Tom Santi might be able to fill the void as well but I hope we can get back to the stretch to keep the defenses like the Chargers honest. Any thoughts?

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Robinson Savors Chance to be a “Blocking” Tight End
INDIANAPOLIS – Gijon Robinson likes the term just fine. Call some NFL tight ends “blocking” tight ends, and offense may be taken, as if perhaps the term describes what they can’t do rather than what they can.
Robinson, a first-year veteran tight end for the Colts, has no dislike for the term and he said if being a “blocking” tight end is what it takes to impress Colts coaches – and to make the roster next season – then that’s what he’ll be.
Besides, Robinson said . . . he very much is a blocking tight end.
And as far as blocking goes, he likes it. A lot.
“I don’t complain,” Robinson said during the Colts’ “organized team activities” – 14 days of on-field work that will continue through mid-June at the team’s training facility.
“I don’t talk about what I want to do. I believe everything will take care of itself if you go out and work hard every chance you get.”
Which Robinson said is his focus this offseason.
Robinson (6-feet-1, 255 pounds), who played collegiately at Missouri Western State, originally signed with the Colts as a free agent shortly after the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent last season on the Colts’ practice squad, working behind starters Dallas Clark and Ben Utecht and reserve Bryan Fletcher.
Utecht signed this off-season as a restricted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Colts released Fletcher after selecting two tight ends – Jacob Tamme and Tom Santi – in the fourth and sixth rounds of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said the selections of Tamme and Santi don’t necessarily mean a lack of opportunity for Robinson. Far from it.
“We’d like him to develop into a full-time tight end,” Dungy said. “When he came here, the scouting report on him was he was a great blocker and not sophisticated in the passing game. He did a lot of work on the scout team last year and did a lot of things in the passing game. That’s been a big thing for him in this no-pads part of it (the OTAs), working on the passing game and routes and getting comfortable with the quarterbacks. That’s our hope, is that he can develop into that point-of-attack blocking tight end who can really be an all-around player.
“He’s good at that (blocking). That’s his strong suit. Right now, that’s what we’ll try to take advantage of. He’s a good enough athlete – speed, quickness and power – and he catches the ball well. He just hasn’t been in an offense with these kinds of adjustment, but as far as running and catching, he can do that.”
Robinson said either role is fine with him.
“I love to block,” Robinson said. “Nothing makes me feel better than when I get to own my man at the line of scrimmage. That makes me feel just as good as if I have a chance to score a touchdown. To me, when you do that, it’s paying off, because I put my body through running and conditioning and lifting weights. I want to be great at it. I have no problem with that. I love to do that.
“I want to go out there and give 100 percent and work hard. If Coach Dungy says, ‘I want you to go out there and just block,’ that’s what I want to do to the best I can.”
Robinson said this week that after a season on the practice squad, and after months in the off-season conditioning program, the coming weeks and months – the OTAs and training camp in July and August – are his chance to show coaches and personnel officials he’s ready.
He said he’s focused during the OTAs on fundamentals, and honing the details that will improve his play come training camp.
“Basically, my mindset when I’m out there – every session I get, every practice I get – is listen to my coach (tight ends Coach Ricky Thomas),” Robinson said. “He always stresses details like taking the proper steps, paying attention to the quarterbacks when you’re in the huddle running routes as hard as you can. It’s the little things he says that count, as far as hand placement when you’re blocking against a defensive lineman, or getting your shoulders over your feet when your breaking out of your routes.
“I’m focusing on that kind of stuff and on top of that, when I go home at night, I’m going over it and over it in my mind. Everything he tells me, I write down in my notepad. That way, I’m hitting it over and over again. It’s a time for me to show I understand the offense, and I can handle being out there with (Colts quarterback) Peyton Manning. It’s a time for me to show I understand the audibles, the coverages.
“It’s very important for me to show I can handle being here.”
Robinson, who caught 83 passes for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns in college, said that was his focus last season, too. In meetings, he said he listened to critiques of other tight ends as if they were his.
“If other guys make a mistake, I write down what they do,” he said. “It <table align="right"><tbody><tr><td> <table width="300"> <tbody><tr> <td> <script type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript"> <!-- Hide from old browsers // Modify to reflect site specifics adserver = "http://sportsad.adbureau.net/"; target = "/aamsz=300x250/site=COLTS/area="; // Cache-busting and pageid values random = Math.round(Math.random() * 100000000); if (!pageNum) var pageNum = Math.round(Math.random() * 100000000); document.write('<SCR'); document.write('IPT SRC="' + adserver + '/jserver/acc_random=' + random + target + "/pageid=" + pageNum + '">'); document.write('</SCR'); document.write('IPT>'); // End Hide --> </script><script src="http://sportsad.adbureau.net//jserver/acc_random=56547124/aamsz=300x250/site=COLTS/area=/pageid=3434724"></script>
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“It felt good they would do that. It helped me learn.”
And although making an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent, and after a year on the practice squad, is hardly the easiest avenue, Robinson said, “I don’t look at the draft picks or any of that stuff.”
“I’m happy these guys got selected the draft and are getting what they deserve,” Robinson said. “It’s hard work getting here. I’m just focusing on God and listening to my coaches, and I believe if I do that, everything else will fall into place.”
“It’s a really a gratifying experience. I’m an undrafted free agent, so it’s a blessing I’m even here and able to play. It’s about confidence in yourself and finding that joy. I’m able to go out there and do things 100 percent and give my all without worrying. It feels really good.”

Jonathan
06-04-2008, 04:30 PM
I like this guy attitude. He is helped by being in the system for a year and the loss of Fletcher but we did draft some TE's. The whole thing about Manning is that he will only throw the ball to players he is comfortable with. I saw it in the loss to Chargers after Keith Fumbled, Manning was forcing the ball the Reggie Wayne.

McClintic Sphere
06-04-2008, 09:51 PM
Gijon would seem to have a legitimate shot at making the roster. I would assume the third TE is between he and Santi. Tamme seems to be a another guy who could be a matchup headache for opposing defensive coordinators, like D.Clark.

Gamble1
06-05-2008, 02:01 PM
I think we carry 4 to 5 TE's for a season. He also could be another practice squad guy waiting for an injury to happen in order to get his chance.

Correct me if I am wrong the only true blocking TE the colts have is the one they just drafted?