Could Bucs Have Found New RB?

August 29th, 2013

Bucs CB/RB was one of the few players who wore a smile on his face after the loss to Washington Thursday.

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.

11 Responses to “Could Bucs Have Found New RB?”

  1. MadMax Says:

    Um, no…..NORWOOD!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Surely you jest!!! 9 carries for 12 yards?

    The waiver wire will be full of RBs…

    Hats off to the man for being a sacrificial lamb…but he will be practice squad at best….that would be a good place for him because he can practice at several positions…
    Can he kick extra points?

  3. tonytwocents Says:

    is anyone else starting to think the Rutgers connection is getting a little old. I mean, if he’s willing to sacrifice talent for familiarity, then it seems like his heart still may be at Rutgers.

  4. tonytwocents Says:

    (referring to Schiano)

  5. fridgebob Says:

    Norwood was better.

  6. MadMax Says:

    Agreed Tony!

  7. MadMax Says:

    Yup, Fridge, Norwood showed out. Wheres the article on him Joe?

  8. MR.T Says:

    Yes, Norwood was better but both are long shots to make the team and if either does it won’t be for running the ball

  9. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Tony, yes I’m growing very weary of the “Rutgers” connection. They might be guys of high character which I like, but we also need some football players with true talent for the game.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    onytwocents Says
    “is anyone else starting to think the Rutgers connection is getting a little old?”

    I think this was just a case of they needed people to play RB and he knew the kid had experience because he coached him. That’s as far as it goes.

    It’s only natural he gives kids he knows opportunities. But he isn’t handing roster spots to them. They have to earn them.

    Nothing wrong there at all.

  11. Pewter Bullion Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai Says: “It’s only natural he gives kids he knows opportunities. But he isn’t handing roster spots to them.”

    You are blind.