Schiano Searching For Return HelpApril 30th, 2013
The leader of the New Schiano Order says he gives everyone a shot at returning punts and kicks, so it’s no surprise to learn that Greg Schiano was on the phone after the draft calling an old friend, Rutgers punt returner Mason Robinson.
Robinson will be one of the tryout players at the Bucs’ rookie minicamp this weekend. He’ll be hoping to score a contract that will keep him training with Tampa Bay through the spring and into training camp.
Punt return specialist Mason Robinson said Greg Schiano, now the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, called him after the Draft and invited him to the team’s rookie mini cap, which starts this Friday and runs through Sunday.
Robinson said Jacksonville also contacted him, but through his agent. Schiano, his former coach at Rutgers, called directly.
“He said they didn’t have any openings to offer a contract right now, but that they might have a couple of spots that could be open and that’s what I’m going to do, go down there and try to make it,” said Robinson.
Joe’s research on Robinson reveals that he was a high school track star and had two major knee surgeries at Rutgers, but he was healthy last season as a sixth-year senior. His returner stats do not look impressive, but you can’t count out anyone from Rutgers becoming a Buccaneer.