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Adrien Robinson is not the front-runner for the Giants' starting tight end job, though he should be.
After he was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, Robinson was heavily touted for his athletic ability. The University of Cincinnati product had minimal experience with only 29 collegiate receptions, though, making him a bit of a project for the coaching staff.
The Giants are now in year three of the Robinson project, and little progress has been made. In his first two seasons, the raw tight end appeared in just three games. A sprained foot sidelined him throughout the 2013 season, and his weight ballooned to 285 pounds.
Although Robinson sees 2014 as a potential breakout season, that mentality has not yet translated to his play on the field. During spring workouts, Robinson could not break away from the mediocre cast of tight ends New York has assembled, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.
Heading into training camp, the Giants are now toying with the idea of a tight end committee rather than a true starter.
However, it's still too soon to give up on the Robinson project. For it to be successful, Robinson must stay healthy and show a higher degree of professionalism this summer. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin did praise Robinson's mental progression earlier this offseason, so the 25-year-old might not be that far from making the leap.
This will be a particularly challenging project for the Giants. First-year tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride, son of recently retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, has inherited the Robinson project from his celebrated predecessor, Mike Pope, who made next to nothing of it.