Giants’ Wan’Dale Robinson excited about new look of offense

Wan’Dale Robinson was all smiles during his press conference on Wednesday afternoon, and perhaps what caught the rookie receiver’s biggest smile will prove most telling:

The prospect of a backfield forfeit with himself, Saquon Barkley and Kadarius Toney had Robinson, the Giants’ second-round pick this spring, grinning from ear to ear.

“I think it can be quite exciting,” Robinson said. “We’ll see what they come up with and whenever the game time comes, I’m sure you’ll all be happy to see it.”

The thought of three dynamic talents sharing the backfield is enticing and refreshing. It is a Giants offense, after all, that drew widespread criticism for its lack of creativity and resulting futility last season.

This go-around, the Giants are working to maximize their weapons, Robinson included.

Wan’Dale Robinson catches a pass during a recent Giants practice.
Corey Sipkins

“Every day we are getting better,” Robinson said. “It’s a new system that we’re all learning. Just the communication aspect and everything, everything has to come together for us to be a good attack.

Robinson will be at the heart of this effort. At Kentucky, he earned second-team All-SEC honors and broke single-season school records in receptions (104) and receptions (1,334). The Giants certainly liked what they saw, making the sneaky 5-foot-8 receiver the 43rd overall pick in the draft.

“That’s the type of offense you want to be in as a catcher,” Robinson said. “They give you a lot of flexibility to manage your routes, just letting you play games and open up.”

Wan' Dale Robinson
Wan’ Dale Robinson
Noah K. Murray

Skeptics will insist on Robinson’s stature. But he’s driven by a combination of speed and agility that, so far, has allowed him to quickly acclimatize to the size and physique of the NFL.

“It’s been like that my whole life,” Robinson said. “Since I started playing at 5 years old, I have always been among the youngest. I was able to overcome that, so I’m not going to treat it differently now.

“At the end of the day, it’s still football and my job is to go out there and make plays.”

In what quality remains to be seen. Throughout training camp, he worked as a slot receiver, outside receiver and running back, showing his unique versatility.

Annoying, indeed.

“I just try to go out there every day and prove they drafted me for a reason,” Robinson said. “I just try to do everything I can to help our team win.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.