Today the team hosted free-agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson for a workout. The Patriots are one of a number of teams who have had the seventh-season wideout in for a look. He was at the Jets' facility Monday but was not signed, and plans on visiting the Lions tomorrow. According to Globe Patriots' writer Ben Volin, Robinson was not offered a contract by the Patriots after his workout today but the team plans on contacting him following his stop in Detroit.
Source says #Patriots arent signing WR Laurent Robuson today after his workout, but will be back in touch after his workout tmrw w/ #Lions
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) July 23, 2013
If the Patriots were truly interested in bringing in Robinson, it seems a bit odd that they would give him the opportunity to visit another squad which has depth needs at receiver, especially considering how dire the situation at that position is for New England right now.
Robinson had by far his best season in 2011, when he emerged as a surprise star on the Dallas Cowboys offense, catching 54 passes and 11 touchdowns from Tony Romo. This led to a five-year, 32-million dollar deal with the Jaguars in March of 2012.
|Robinson during his career year with the Cowboys in 2011|
But he had a tough year last season down south, playing in only seven games and catching no touchdowns before being placed on injured reserve due to multiple concussions. He was released by the Jags in March. Robinson has spent much of his career fighting injuries. He had stints with the Falcons and Rams after being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft. With both of those teams he missed numerous games with a variety of injuries. The only year he has been able to remain healthy was his breakout year in 2011 with Dallas, when he showed what he is capable of when at full strength.
And his performance that season is what is drawing interest from a number of teams who are thin at receiver, the Patriots being one of them. With the state of the current crew of pass catchers on the team, I am not opposed to giving Robinson a shot, assuming they can get him for next to nothing. That being said, if they really wanted to bring him aboard they probably wouldn't have let another team take a look at him. We will see how this plays out as training camp draws nearer.