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Injured or not, Laurent Robinson would represent a feel-good addition.
For Laurent Robinson, respectable career highs soon become distant memories in the face of statistical lows and career-threatening injuries.
Robinson compiled his best total receiving output in 2011 with 858 yards and a 15.9-yard average. He led the Dallas Cowboys with 11 touchdowns and was one of Tony Romo’s most trusted targets.
Then arrived a dismal 2012 campaign in Jacksonville.
With Blaine Gabbert throwing him passes, Robinson accrued just 252 yards on 24 catches with zero touchdowns. Far more devastating, however, was the four concussions he sustained that year.
Andrea Kremer and Christine Detz of NFL Evolution report that the terrible head trauma has plagued Robinson with constant headaches and severe sensitivity to light and noise—even the cries of his baby daughter. These symptoms were materializing as late as February, despite his fourth concussion occurring back in November in Week 11.
So, why would we include such an injury-devastated player on this list?
First, Robinson possesses clear physical abilities with his 6’2’’ length. Then there's his 2011 production. The 49ers could use more competition for Ricardo Lockette as the backup split-end “X” receiver position.
Second, and more importantly, picking up Robinson for a training-camp tryout would serve as a feel-good story for both the receiver himself and other players who have suffered concussions in the NFL. His prospects at making the team are slim. But giving him a chance to resume his career would be gratifying for all those involved.
However doubtful, we’ll wait and see if the 49ers afford him that opportunity.