Schiano Searching For Return Help

April 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.

13 Responses to “Schiano Searching For Return Help”

  1. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    D.J. Monroe has a much better chance of making the team as a returner than this guy.

  2. MR.T Says:

    a long shot at best.

  3. 4everBucsFan Says:

    That will die off after several Rutger recruiting classes in which Schiano will become a distant memory.

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    sixth year senior? Did the surgeries delay him or was he going for an advanced degree? Or did he have trouble learning?

    Still, two knee surgeries for a spot that is all about the legs isn’t a good sign for the kid.

  5. Borzo Says:

    ran against this guy in high school in jersey. whooped my ass, and is anything worse than what we had?

  6. tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Demps doesn’t work out….how ’bout USAIN BOLT?

  7. Jwayne Says:

    Kinda annoying how we keep turning to former Rutgers players.

  8. TylerRuuu Says:

    Is spurlock with another team? If I remember correctly he had a punt and kick return for TD last year, why not give him another shot?

  9. Burg Says:

    Quincy Mcduffie if he’s not yet signed, All American KR/WR

  10. Burg Says:

    Too late, Broncos got him

  11. 4everBucsFan Says:

    Bring Tebow in and see if he can play T.E.

  12. Machiavellii Says:

    [If it’s totally off topic, then why post it? In three different threads in fact? Spamming this site isn’t cool. — Joe]

  13. Ashley Says:

    Been friends with this kid since grade school. Top notch talent!!! He will do well and hopefully will stick around. Be nice to have another home town friend down here in Florida. Do great Mason!