Jags sign their offensive weapon Denard Robinson

AP

The Jaguars may have gone the creative route by deeming fifth-round pick Denard Robinson an offensive weapon rather than one of the more familiar positions normally found on NFL rosters, but they still had to follow convention when it came to signing Robinson to a contract.

They’ve done that. Jacksonville announced Tuesday that they have reached agreement on a four-year deal with the former Michigan quarterback who is expected to see time as a runner, receiver and returner in addition to potentially seeing snaps at his collegiate position as well. Wherever he lines up, the team hopes he brings some verve to an offense that was missing it in 2012.

“It’s a great feeling to sign my first NFL contract,” Robinson said. “It’s something I’ve been waiting my whole life for and I’m ready to get to camp later this month and get back to work.  I was able to get a feel for the NFL game during the offseason and I look forward to getting the pads on and just keep improving with each practice.”

Robinson is the sixth of eight Jaguars draft picks to sign their deals and General Manager David Caldwell said in the team’s release that he expects to have everyone signed before the Jags start training camp later this month.

38 responses to “Jags sign their offensive weapon Denard Robinson

  1. This is a project, but a worthwhile one. This will be all about getting him in the open field from the RB position and whether or not he can hold onto the ball and make guys miss.

  2. I’ve never seen so much hype and so many stories on an NFL website about a fifth round pick who was a quarterback who was totally inept at passing the ball in college.
    And as much as the national sports media would like to portray Michigan as this national powerhouse lets not forget they were 8-5 last season and lost to South Carolina in their bowl game.
    Denard is undersized and can’t complete a pass to save his life.
    Receiver or running back would seem to be his best bets but why would anyone think he could come to the NFL and excel at a position that he has almost no experience playing?
    Bring on the thumbs downs from people who didn’t watch any Big 10 football for the last four years but still somehow think they know what they’re talking about.

  3. God those helmets are just plain aweful. I’d understand somewhat if the colors blended together in the middle but it just goes from smokey black to smokey gold … absolutely hiddeous. It appears the talent hired in Jacksonville from the top to the bottom is of the same caliber.

  4. I can’t really believe they think he is an offensive weapon….maybe for ther other team as he is a turnover machine.

    #lastplaceagain

  5. Anyone who has ever watched Robinson play knows he is a play maker with the ball in his hands. I also don’t think anyone who was a fan of his ever thought we was a true quarterback either. The difference between him and other guys college guys with similar skill sets is that he was willing and open to playing multiple positions instead of being stubborn about playing QB. Just imagine if Tebow had just gave in and been open to playing TE when he first started. Robinson is going to be an OW for sure.

  6. “Offensive” is pretty much how I’d describe Robinsons College career. I am a U of M fan and I could only sit and wonder how much better Big Blue could have been with a good QB. They had great teams while Robinson was allowed to start and drag them down talent-wise. If they had a QB like Geno Smith there, they could have gone undefeated for a couple years.

    I feel sorry for the U of M players who weren’t able to prove themselves while Robinson grabbed the spotlight with is sub par performances.

  7. One of my favorite players all time at Mich.

    Hope he could make it as what he calls “offensive weapon” hence the title joetoronto and others – the guy is explosive… without his laces tied

  8. Being an offensive weapon for the Jags doesn’t mean much, really. I mean, at 6’0″ and 165 lbs, I could be their star defensive lineman.

  9. “shlort says:
    Jul 9, 2013 12:01 PM
    If they had a QB like Geno Smith there, they could have gone undefeated for a couple years.”

    Wait, what?

  10. shlort says:
    Jul 9, 2013 12:01 PM
    I feel sorry for the U of M players who weren’t able to prove themselves while Robinson grabbed the spotlight with is sub par performances.

    I couldn’t have said this better myself and this is the real tragedy of the whole situation for Michigan.
    Denard totally dragged the team down with his ineptitude. Everyone suffered. His receivers didn’t have someone who could get them the ball, his offensive line was made to look foolish because they didn’t know where he was half the time, the running backs weren’t given a chance to prove themselves because he would just take off with the ball etc…
    Then if we’re talking about the media spotlight this guy was the only person on the team that the media would ever talk about and he wasn’t even very good. The rest of the team got totally overshadowed be a mediocre player.
    On the bright side for you guys I think Devin Gardner is going to be really good so you should see a big step up in quarterback play this season compared to last.

  11. I love Johnelwayishorsefaced’s comments.

    Acting all confrontational and argumentative and attacking nobody in particular while saying things that are agreed upon by 99% of people.

    Yes, Denard was an awful passer in college. Yes, his best chance is WR or RB in the NFL, but he’s never played them so he’s still a long shot. Yes, it’s been a long time since U of M has been a top team in the Nation.

  12. Will he be tying his shoelaces now? They fine you for that sort of stuff at this level, don’t they.

  13. i cant hhelp but feel some teams will see him on their waiver wire sheets in 2-3 years..then noone will claim..hell sign for a mininum.. and then out.

  14. Every year there is 1-2 guys that were out of position in College , but still have the athleticism to make it in the Great “NFL”…. Time will tell if he is one of them! He definitely left something to be desired as a QB @ Michigan, but I think there is a role for him in this league! He is a good kid & I would love to see him have success! Why the hate people??

  15. Meh. I think they could have done better with that 5th rd pick than this guy. Guys like this just rarely work in the NFL. I mean, who is falling all over themselves to sign the next Armanti Edwards? You’d think the Jags would have learned their lesson with Matt Jones

  16. Jags will save a lot of money by eliminating the QB, RB, WR, and KR positions and consolidating them into a single position manned by Shoelace. Owner Shad Khan felt downsizing the offense was in order after several years of poor results.

  17. Most high school coaches don’t think about the fact that they are literally 2 steps down from the NFL and that’s not a bad thing but I think sometimes a kid like this gets put at QB in high school and is pegged as one for the rest of his life. Reality is that at that level his accuracy isn’t a huge deal and his super elite atheleticism makes him a super star.

    Start College and of course he’s a QB. Elite atheleticism can still cover up accuracy although not as well and you can still be a winner.

    80+ kids per college team x 120 teams = 9,600+ players in college each year….the NFL? Final Rosters: 52 players x 32 teams = 1,664 players.

    They’re all elite atheletically and a kid like this that proved he was very much a RB those last few games is so far behind the game because at the highest level he has to learn something new and everyone else is learning more about something they’ve always done.

    Hatet to say it but I think his odds are really slim. This doesn’t work for most although I do hope it does for him. He’s really exciting to watch.

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  18. We will see if he makes it through week three and the Legion of Boom. If he survives that over sized, adderal fueled secondary, then he’s got a chance to make it in the league.

  19. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    I’ve never seen so much hype and so many stories on an NFL website about a fifth round pick who was a quarterback who was totally inept at passing the ball in college.
    And as much as the national sports media would like to portray Michigan as this national powerhouse lets not forget they were 8-5 last season and lost to South Carolina in their bowl game.
    Denard is undersized and can’t complete a pass to save his life.
    Receiver or running back would seem to be his best bets but why would anyone think he could come to the NFL and excel at a position that he has almost no experience playing?
    Bring on the thumbs downs from people who didn’t watch any Big 10 football for the last four years but still somehow think they know what they’re talking about.
    —————————————–
    You Mad?…bro

  20. Is that their actual normal helmet now? It’s hideous in that photo. And how come no color on it matches the jersey he’s wearing?

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