Josh Robinson (CB)

Jaguars’ Josh Robinson Retires

Jaguars cornerback Josh Robinson has retired, per an announcement from the team. It’s a decision that came out of the blue and one that leaves Jacksonville especially thin at cornerback. 

He had been awesome for us; no issues, no problems,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “He’s obviously put some thought into it. I have all the respect in the world for him – tough kid, practiced hard, prepared like a pro … nothing but the best for him. We’re always here for him. Appreciate him.”

Robinson, 28, spent time with the Vikings, Bucs, and Saints before joining the Jaguars before the start of camp this year. He was not a star player, but he was active in all eight games and a contributor on special teams.

Without Robinson, the Jags are left with five cornerbacks: Tre Herndon, A.J. Bouye, D.J. Hayden (starting nickel corner), Tae Hayes (newly promoted), and Breon Borders. Of course, that group is missing star Jalen Ramsey, who was shipped to the Rams in October.

The Vikings used Robinson, a former Day 2 pick, as a starter in 21 games from 2012-14. Ever since then, he spent his time in the NFL as a depth piece and a special-teamer.

We here at PFR wish Robinson the best in retirement.

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Jaguars To Sign Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson‘s Thursday workout in Jacksonville looks to have gone well. The Jaguars are signing the veteran defensive back, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk tweets.

While long removed from his early-career days as a starter, the former Vikings, Buccaneers and Saints cornerback has played in 85 games since being a 2012 third-round pick. He will join a cornerback corps led by Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.

The Vikings used the former Day 2 pick as a starter in 21 games from 2012-14, but Robinson has been a depth piece and special-teamer since. He played in 11 games with the Saints last season.

The Jaguars have D.J. Hayden in place as their slot corner. No other draft choices reside at this position in Jacksonville, but the team has a host of recent UDFAs trying to make the squad. They will now have to contend with Robinson in pursuit of 53-man roster spots.

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Jaguars To Work Out Josh Robinson

Former New Orleans defensive back Josh Robinson will work out for the Jaguars on Thursday, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Robinson could be a depth option for the Jags as training camp gets underway, giving them another corner behind Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and D.J. Hayden.

Robinson appeared in eleven games for the Saints last season as a reserve. Before that, he spent the first four years of his career with the Vikings and was with the Bucs in 2016 and 2017. The 2012 third-round pick has 85 career appearances to his credit with 21 starts and five interceptions.

In other Jaguars news, the club offered a deal to standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue this week, but it fell short of his expectations.

Saints Sign CB Josh Robinson

The Saints have agreed to sign cornerback Josh Robinson, according to Mike Florio of PFT (Twitter link). Robinson worked out for the Saints late last month and beat out a handful of other corners who were under consideration.

The Saints scanned the market for cornerback help after placing cornerback Patrick Robinson on IR. David Amerson, Sterling Moore, Dexter McDougle, and Robert Nelson were among the players being considered, but Robinson got the job despite having the least name recognition of the bunch.

Robinson entered the league as a third-round pick of the Vikings in 2012 and spent the first four seasons of his career in Minnesota. After that, he spent two years with the Bucs, but he missed the team’s final cut this year. The 27-year-old boasts 74 games of NFL experience, but has not made a start since the 2014 season.

Saints Work Out CBs, To Host David Amerson

The Saints’ addition of Patrick Robinson to their IR list prompted them to bring in a host of cornerbacks for Tuesday workouts and will induce them to visit with a higher-profile free agent.

David Amerson will visit New Orleans soon, The Advocate’s Nick Underhill reports. This will come after the Saints met with former Saint Sterling Moore, per Underhill. Moore met with the Bears on Monday.

New Orleans also worked out Josh Robinson, Dexter McDougle and Robert Nelson, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Sirius XM Radio’s Adam Caplan (Twitter links).

Moore played with the Saints from 2016-17. He started 12 games for the 2016 Saints before serving as a backup for a deeper Saints secondary last season. A four-year veteran, Nelson went to camp with the Saints but did not make their 53-man roster. McDougle had a brief Saints run last season, playing in one game during what’s been a four-year nomadic career.

Amerson has been on the NFL’s workout circuit this month after failing to make the Chiefs’ 53-man roster out of training camp. He was a three-season starter for the Raiders whom Jon Gruden opted to cut this year. Amerson’s already attended two workouts this week, auditioning for the Patriots on Monday and Packers on Tuesday. Green Bay opted to go with the well-traveled Bashaud Breeland instead of adding Amerson.

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NFL Workout Updates: 9/10/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans 

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Tennessee Titans

Jets Work Out Hau’oli Kikaha, Charles Tapper

The Jets worked out edge rushers Hau’oli Kikaha and Charles Tapper and cornerback Josh Robinson on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link) and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (Twitter link).

Kikaha was the 44th overall selection in the 2015 draft, but he’s been beset by injuries and ineffectiveness during his three-year tenure. After playing on 62% of the Saints’ snaps during his rookie campaign, Kikaha missed the 2016 season with a torn ACL (the third of his football career) and subsequently saw action on only 209 defensive snaps the following year. New Orleans shopped Kikaha ahead of the 2017 trade deadline, and waived him over the weekend.

Like Kikaha, Tapper has been affected by injuries during his NFL career, as a pre-existing back condition caused him to miss his entire rookie year in 2016. He suited up for the Cowboys’ first two games in 2017, but a broken foot landed him on injured reserve in October. A former fourth-round pick, Tapper could conceivably help the Jets as a rusher off the edge, an area of weakness for Gang Green.

The Buccaneers exercised their 2018 option on Robinson in March, but released him on Sunday during final cutdowns. A seven-year veteran who’s also spent time with the Vikings, Robinson has essentially become solely a special-teamer. Robinson played on at least 50% of Tampa Bay’s special team snaps in each of the past three seasons, and saw just nine total defensive snaps during that snap. He auditioned for the Lions earlier this week.

After looking at Kikaha, Tapper, and Robinson today, the Jets are scheduled to work out free agent linebacker Zaire Anderson on Thursday, according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com (Twitter link).

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NFL Workout Updates: 9/4/18

Today’s workout updates:

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

New York Jets

Buccaneers Move Roster To 53

The Buccaneers have made the following transactions as they move to 53 players:

Waived:

Waived/injured:

Released:

Placed on injured reserve:

Placed on NFI:

Placed on suspended list:

Bucs Exercise Options For Dotson, Conte

The Buccaneers will pick up the one-year option for 2018 on the contracts for tackle Demar Dotson, safety Chris Conte, and defensive back Josh Robinson, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (on Twitter). 

Dotson played nearly every offensive snap (97.1%) for Tampa last year until he was placed on IR in late November. He had a tremendous year, grading out as the league’s No. 7 ranked tackle, per Pro Football Focus. A former undrafted free agent, Dotson has been with the Bucs since the 2009 season but didn’t become a starter until 2012. He has come on strong in recent years and he’s well worth the $4.6MM cap hit for Tampa Bay. The team also has him under control for 2019 when he is slated to carry a $4.85MM cap hit.

Conte played in all 16 games last year, starting 14. He didn’t set the world on fire as he was ranked No. 57 at his position by PFF, but his option also wasn’t pricey. The Bucs will pay $125K to keep him on board to go along with his $2.25MM base, giving him a total of $2.375MM for the coming year.

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