Road show prepared Rams’ Robinson for camp
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Greg Robinson didn’t stay put the month after the St. Louis Rams cut players loose in mid-June. Wherever he was, the second overall pick of the draft stayed in preparation mode for training camp.
“It was good to just work with different people and learn from multiple people,” Robinson said Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter where you’re getting it in as long as you get it in.”
The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson was a key component in Auburn’s national runner-up season at left tackle and figures as immediate help at guard for the Rams (7-9).
After OTAs ended in mid-June, Robinson worked out a bit at home in Thibodaux, La. He spent time at Bo Jackson’s Nike camp at the University of Oregon, worked out with a trainer in Miami, Fla., and got pointers from Redskins Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams in Houston.
Williams knows plenty about protecting Sam Bradford’s blind side, given they were Oklahoma teammates. The two met at the Nike camp.
“He’s a Pro Bowler so many years and he asked me to come out, so I thought it was a good idea,” Robinson said. “It was pretty cool, I learned a lot from him.”
With Robinson leading the way, Auburn led the nation in rushing and had two players gain 1,000 yards for just the third time in school history. He’s still blocking for Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist drafted by the Rams in the third round.
Getting picked No. 2 has made Robinson the provider for a fractured family; his dad died in 2012 and two of his siblings have spent time in jail. Though his mother is pushing for a new house and an exit from a tough neighborhood, he’s patiently assessing options for upgrades across the board.
One exception might be the bling earrings he sported at the second rookie workout Wednesday.
“I’m not budging. I’m taking my time,” Robinson said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of people as far as homes and stuff for my mom and buying cars for myself.
“I have the money to do it, but I’m not rushing into anything.”
For now, the Robinson home has become a bit of a mecca. Fame and fortune can do that.
“Things are similar, but I can see a difference, a lot of people surrounding the house and stuff like that,” Robinson said. “It’s a great feeling that I did something positive and I inspired a lot of people.”
Now, he said, the priority is laying a foundation for his career. His future undoubtedly is at tackle, but for now he’s trying to become more comfortable at guard.
“It started out kind of difficult,” Robinson said. “But now I’m starting to pick up the plays. Now, I’m at the point where I just stop thinking and just play.”
During the rookie workouts, Robinson often went against fellow first-rounder Aaron Donald, a defensive tackle. The two prepared for the combine working out in Arizona.
“We still crack a couple jokes and laugh,” Donald said. “It’s good to get around guys like that, that I’m close to already.”
Veterans are due to arrive today and the first full-squad workout is Friday afternoon.
Notes: The Rams announced single-game tickets will go on sale Friday, plus a promotional schedule that includes honoring the 15th anniversary of the franchise’s lone Super Bowl championship team for the Oct. 13 Monday night game against the 49ers. There also will be Robert Quinn and James Laurinaitis bobble head giveaways.
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