Apparently the work put in by former Waynesville standout Gijon Robinson during the Indianapolis Colts’ off-season program could be ready to pay off.
Robinson reported to the Colts’ training camp this week, trying to earn a spot on the squad as a backup tight end and special teams player.
Out of college (Missouri Western) Robinson was looked at as a possible hybrid player who could be used at both tight end and H-back. Depending on what formation they are in, the Colts’ offense will use an H-back this season.
Although smallish as a true tight end Robinson (6-1, 255), has good size as an H-back, a position that lines up in the backfield and requires fullback/tight end type responsibilities.
In this week’s USA Today Sports Weekly there is a breakdown of the Colts’ 2008 squad. And according to that publication, Robinson could fit well in the team’s scheme of things. In the USA Today Sports Weekly article Robinson is listed as sharing time at H-back with rookie Jacob Tamme.
Here are comments about Robinson from the story, concerning the tight end position: “Dallas Clark is on the cusp of becoming a Pro Bowler. (Offensive coordinator Tom) Moore prefers two-tight-end sets to disguise run-pass intent. With Ben Utecht lost via free agency, Jacob Tamme was drafted in the fourth round. But Gijon Robinson could make the jump from the practice squad to start at H-back.”
After an outstanding senior season at NCAA Division II Missouri Western, Robinson was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent rookie and played on the team’s practice squad the entire 2007 season.
After illness and injury during the 2007 preseason the Colts released Robinson in their final roster cutdown. A day later the squad signed him to the practice squad.
Robinson talks about his chances of making the Colts’ roster in a story that ran in the Daily Guide on July 23.