Could Bucs Have Found New RB?August 29th, 2013
If Joe shouted the name “Mason Robinson” to you, Joe would guess you thought he might be a local radio broadcaster. Instead, he is a Bucs cornerback. From Rutgers. Naturally.
With the Bucs growing a bit thin in cornerback depth, Robinson was certainly a bubble guy and may have had a shot of making the practice squad. Well, Robinson’s chances of making the Bucs got a little better tonight. But not because of a rash of injuries to cornerbacks.
Robinson may have a shot of making the Bucs because of dinged up running backs. Yes, running backs.
Peyton Hillis suffered a sprained ankle. Mike James has an eye injury. No knowledge of how severe the injuries are but they were severe enough that the Bucs ran out of running backs and turned to Robinson.
“The last time I had carries in a game? May have been my sophomore year in college,” Robinson told Joe after tonight’s game.
Bucs commander Greg Schiano had recruited Robinson to Rutgers as a running back but the New Jersey native was flipped to cornerback. Robinson had played some running back for the Bucs on the scout team in practice. So when he was drafted by Schiano to play running back tonight, Robinson jumped at the chance.
“It wasn’t really an order, but he wasn’t asking,” Robinson said when Schiano had him take the field with the Bucs’ offense.
Robinson had nine carries, totaling 12 yards with his longest being four yards.
Robinson was looking at the experience as a positive. He knows he is on the bubble but now he knows that he actually has some tape floating out there that he can play running back in a pinch, as well as cornerback. The more versatile a player can be, the better chance of keeping a job, or finding a new one.