Denard Robinson at Wide Receiver is Going as Well as You'd Imagine

By Jason Priestas on January 23, 2013 at 7:23a

Through two days of Senior Bowl practices, Michigan's Denard Robinson needs to get better at these things as he tries to transition to wide receiver: route running and catching the ball.

Other than that, he's shining, really:

Robinson was able to run some routes both days, and a few routes against defensive backs on Tuesday. Although he flashed decent hands, he dropped at least three balls during the second day of workouts.

The biggest problem area, at this point, appears to be his routes. He's rounding off corners, and not getting out of his breaks explosively.

No worries. NFL teams can have him return punts–

Against live punts, he was just two-of-four. He misjudged the depth of both his misses. He was just 3-of-7 on catchable punts on Monday.

Anything to say, Buckeye fans?


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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What game is that gif from?

but at least all of his yards will still count towards his QB rushing numbers.

Always funny.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Grantschu54's picture

That gif is from the osu-michigan basketball game last week

What do you need water for, Sunshine? We're Stretching and You're a Kicker!

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

I hope the Buckeye fans also did that to him at the end of the football game.

bigbadbuck's picture

Im always amused by Missagains struggles

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

rdubs's picture

Wonder if it is too late to switch to DB?

Alhan's picture

I would love to see this.  He tries to tackle someone in the NFL and gets dragged the length of the field.
I have visions of a Bill Cosby explaining Buck-Buck (where you jump on a pile of people until the bottom of the pile collapses) and people yelling "A piece of paper!  Someone just threw a piece of paper on me!" as a way of taunting those that are trying to collapse their pile.
If you would like to hear the routine:

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

oregonianbuckeye's picture

At least he can still out-sprint the fastest man in the world. Right?

bukyze's picture

 And Lolo Jones!


M Man's picture

I think that the adults in the room ultimately determined that:
(a)  Denard was totally, thoroughly, completely joking when he was cajoled by the deliberately ridiculous interviewer Scott van Pelt into comparing his speed to Usain Bolt;
(b)  For the record, and with nobody seriously doubting it, Usain Bolt would dominate Denard in a serious 100 meters; and probably worse in the 200, AND;
(c)  Lolo Jones should STFU because she's a big-time sprinter and Denard Robinson is a football player, and Denard Robinson's hobby as a Big Ten 60 meter specialist would blow her out of the arena.  Denard Robinson was running faster 100-meter times when he was in high school, than Lolo Jones' career best.  Because I don't like abbreviations: Shut the fuck up, Lolo Jones.
For the more serious-minded at 11W; Robinson's inability to catch is almost certainly due to a badly injured (Neurapraxia) ulnar nerve.  He is playing one-handed.  I don't know if he is delaying surgery to get through the NFL combines, or if he is trying to avoid surgery with alternative therapy.

bukyze's picture

I do realize Denard was joking.  I poke fun of when I can.  I think the main reason Robinson looks so bad at WR is b/c he isn't a WR (though his nerve injury doesn't help).  Same reason Simon looks so bad at LB.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

His wrist seemed fine when he did his eating motion.

M Man's picture

You probably know, that I hated that "eating" thing, and condemned, a year ago, here at 11W.  Denard had the right to do it one time; while leading his team to a victory against Ohio State at home.  And even then, if he had done it on the field, I'd have kicked his ass if I had been his coach.  It should never have been allowed more than once.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

So he only had the right to do it in the year we lost our coach and players that owned UM? In A2? If our frosh QB doesn't over throw Posey, Denard is scooping crow into his mouth. Enjoy that win.

M Man's picture

I will enjoy that win.  I DID enjoy that win, sitting right behind your bench.
Here's the thing; Bo Schembechler's teams went about 19 years, without anybody ever doing a touchdown dance.  That's my model; not Denard.
But Denard's numbers versus OSU in 2011 are, well, nice:

  • 337 yards of personal total offense
  • 3 touchdown passes
  • 2 rushing touchdowns
  • 14/17 passing; zero interceptions

Recently, I gave some thought to Posey's near-touchdown catch in the '11 game.  It was when Trey Burke's game-tying three went in and out last weekend.

painterlad's picture

Robinson did have good numbers against Ohio State.
Except for the 1-3 part.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Karma's a bitch, isn't it Denard?

penult's picture

Denard: guys, I could play WR
Everyone: yeah, yeah, probably, decent speed...could probably work as a slot...yeah

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

^ This +1 if I could vote. 

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

WC Buckeye's picture

Got you covered.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

avail31678's picture

Easy, Penult.  You went too far and I'm upset about you poking fun at Shoelace like that. 
You see...Denard is my father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Of course he mis-judged the depth of the punt. His career at um was punctuated by throwing punts, not catching them.
Sometimes the low-hanging fruit is good too.