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Jets Ponder Another Running QB

By KEVIN CLARK

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The Jets appear to be the most interested suitor in Michigan quarterback-turned-wide receiver Denard Robinson.

MOBILE, Ala.—After a season in which the Jets failed to turn Tim Tebow into an asset, they are seriously considering plucking another jack-of-all-trades quarterback in this year's NFL draft.

The team appears to be the most interested suitor in Michigan quarterback-turned-wide receiver Denard Robinson. Jets brass met here with Robinson on Monday night, his longest meeting with any team so far. He said Tuesday that he felt the interest was genuine, calling the meeting a "great deal."

Robinson is an intriguing prospect since he isn't expected to even attempt to play quarterback at the pro level, and for good reason. He is listed, generously, at 6 feet, and he broke Pat White's record for career rushing yards by a quarterback. In two of his four seasons at Michigan, he had more rushing attempts than he did passing attempts.

And so at this week's Senior Bowl, Robinson—who isn't cleared for contact after a nerve injury in his right elbow sustained during the season—is trying to prove to the Jets and the rest of the league that he can do something else.

Robinson returned punts Tuesday and said he is picking the brains of fellow Michigan receivers Roy Roundtree and Jeremy Gallon about playing wideout. When he leaves Mobile and resumes training, Robinson said he would focus on catching live-action punts with his Michigan teammates. He is expecting to play in Saturday's Senior Bowl, an annual showcase of top college players.

If Robinson can play receiver, his quickness could help the Jets, who ranked 30th in pass yards this season. Their biggest receiving threat, Jeremy Kerley, had a respectable 827 yards this season, but the Jets had little beyond that. Jeff Cumberland was their second-leading receiver with 359 yards; Chaz Schilens (289), Stephen Hill (252) and late-season addition Braylon Edwards (125) rounded out the mediocre group.

It is unclear where, exactly, Robinson will be drafted since this week is more or less his debut as a full-time wide receiver. He would constitute a pick of luxury for the Jets, since they have major holes at offensive line and safety, one of which they likely will address in the first round. They spent a second-round pick on Hill in last year's draft.

Robinson said he is trying to model himself after former Kentucky quarterback Randall Cobb, who has become a star with the Green Bay Packers as a receiver and returner, and former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El, who was a standout all-purpose player last decade with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Clearly, Robinson shouldn't model himself after whatever it was that became of Tebow with the Jets last season.

Once envisioned as someone who could play a mix of quarterback, running back and punt protector, Tebow never found much of a role with the Jets, and his use in the "Wildcat" package failed to make much of an impact. Tebow finished the season with 39 passing yards and 102 rushing yards.

The difference is that Tebow was married to the idea of playing quarterback, while Robinson, it seems, is open to doing anything.

"I'm just focused on receiver and trying to get better at that," he said. He noted that he enjoyed his role in Michigan's loss in this year's Outback Bowl, where he lined up at running back and rushed 23 times for 100 yards against a talented South Carolina defense.

"There's certainly no question about his quickness, and there's certainly no question about run-after-the-catch because he's a talented guy with the ball in his hands," said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

"So the questions are [whether he] can run routes—and by the way, we can teach that—and most importantly, what are his hands like?" Mayock said. And right now it's way too early for me, after one practice when he competed against defensive backs, to say whether he's a natural catcher of the ball or not, and that's what we need to figure out."

Write to Kevin Clark at kevin.clark@wsj.com

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So every player they talk to or have a meeting with at the Senior Bowl (the whole purpose of the event) is going to be a Jet?

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So every player they talk to or have a meeting with at the Senior Bowl (the whole purpose of the event) is going to be a Jet?

The team appears to be the most interested suitor in Michigan quarterback-turned-wide receiver Denard Robinson. Jets brass met here with Robinson on Monday night, his longest meeting with any team so far. He said Tuesday that he felt the interest was genuine, calling the meeting a "great deal."

For whatever its worth.

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Not to mention, while a meeting doesn't always = Jets drafting player, NO meeting has typically meant we don't draft a player.

Who knows if Idzik will have the same approach.

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If the Jets can resign Braylon; him, Holmes, Kerley, and Hill isn't a bad WR group, and Kerley has proven he can run the wildcat stuff if they continue to want to run those plays in the new offense. Not sure what this guy would bring to the Jets. Yeah, they could use some speed, but I think they'd be better off targeting a speedy RB.

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If the Jets can resign Braylon; him, Holmes, Kerley, and Hill isn't a bad WR group, and Kerley has proven he can run the wildcat stuff if they continue to want to run those plays in the new offense. Not sure what this guy would bring to the Jets. Yeah, they could use some speed, but I think they'd be better off targeting a speedy RB.

This sounds far more like a potential Brad Smith replacement than anything, although I agree with you I'm not really sure I see of what particular benefit that would really be to the Jets. Given the number of areas of significant need the Jets currently find themselves with, it's hardly the time to be spending picks on luxury pick / gimmick player types.

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If the Jets can resign Braylon; him, Holmes, Kerley, and Hill isn't a bad WR group

I'd call it a good receiving group and there's nobody older than 29. Need to see what goes on with TE.

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I'd call it a good receiving group and there's nobody older than 29. Need to see what goes on with TE.

It's better than last year but still a bottom 10 group in the league and there is no WR 1 there.
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since we are talking about it (kinda) this is an excellent draft for WR in the mid rounds. There's Keenan Allen and Cordarelle at the top but there are like 12 other names that are very decent in the first 3 rounds. lots of juniors declared.

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He doesnt have a position...maybe if we had extra picks in round 5 or later...but no thanks.

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It's better than last year but still a bottom 10 group in the league and there is no WR 1 there.

IF Hill learns how to catch the football, I'd argue that group could be top half. But anyway good enough to put some points on the board with a QB that isn't leading the league in turnovers.
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We need playmakers on offense- speed is something that can separate a 5 yard play to a 40 yarder or more.

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IF Hill learns how to catch the football, I'd argue that group could be top half. But anyway good enough to put some points on the board with a QB that isn't leading the league in turnovers.

Got to agree.

Hill is the big question mark. With his speed size combo, he could be the perfect WCO WR.

If he doesn’t learn to catch the ball and run routes then the group is middle of the pack

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IF Hill learns how to catch the football, I'd argue that group could be top half. But anyway good enough to put some points on the board with a QB that isn't leading the league in turnovers.

You can't count on Hill. Anything he gives should be an added bonus.
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No thanks. The less scUM the better. As a big 10 fan I can safely say I'd want no part of this player as an NFL QB.

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He's been compared to a more athletic Randle El and has legit WR potential.

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I think the Jets clearly want another Brad Smith and were wrong in thinking Tebow was that guy. I would not be surprise if EJ Manuel or Denard Robinson is chosen in the upcoming draft by the Jets.

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What Idzik needs to do is concentratie on finding Mark Sanchez replacement ASAP via Draft or Veteran.

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Depends what round we're taking him in. 5? sure. Anything higher, no way.

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If you have a good system and some pro receivers (a la New Orleans), a good accurate QB can get points. I'd like a No. 1 too---love to draw those double teams--but we won't get one this year. So a mid-tier group with some hands might do---in an effective system.

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I think the Jets clearly want another Brad Smith and were wrong in thinking Tebow was that guy. I would not be surprise if EJ Manuel or Denard Robinson is chosen in the upcoming draft by the Jets.

I wouldn't be surprised if we took BOTH.

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Denard Robinson is good WR and on a team that already has a lot of talent at other positions he would be a good pick in the lower 1st round. But not with the JETS.

Unless they trade Santonio Holmes and accumulate some picks. They need to find a team that's desperate to provide their young QB with some added weapons. Not sure anyone will bite. Maybe the Seahawks. Maybe we trade Matt Flynn for Holmes. I know too many maybe's in there.

OR

They trade down way lower in the first round and accumulate some picks along the way.

For the JETS WR corps to be competitive a lot would depend on how Stephen Hill progresses. To say he was RAW in his first year would be an understatement. But he has the tools to be a weapon in the NFL. So if Hill lives up to his promise along with Kerley and resigning of Braylon, along with Holmes/higher draft pick and our receiving corps might be good.

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Denard Robinson is good WR and on a team that already has a lot of talent at other positions he would be a good pick in the lower 1st round. But not with the JETS.

Unless they trade Santonio Holmes and accumulate some picks. They need to find a team that's desperate to provide their young QB with some added weapons. Not sure anyone will bite. Maybe the Seahawks. Maybe we trade Matt Flynn for Holmes. I know too many maybe's in there.

OR

They trade down way lower in the first round and accumulate some picks along the way.

For the JETS WR corps to be competitive a lot would depend on how Stephen Hill progresses. To say he was RAW in his first year would be an understatement. But he has the tools to be a weapon in the NFL. So if Hill lives up to his promise along with Kerley and resigning of Braylon, along with Holmes/higher draft pick and our receiving corps might be good.

LOWER FIRST ROUND? For a guy who's never played WR before or run a route? Keep dreaming with that... He's a day 3 pick. Edited by unbanmadmike1
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LOWER FIRST ROUND? For a guy who's never played WR before or run a route? Keep dreaming with that... He's a day 3 pick.

Ok. Although I would not be surprised if that happens.

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Ok. Although I would not be surprised if that happens.

Denard Robinson has looked lost at wide receiver thus far in the Senior Bowl practices and no one knows how healthy his arm is. I would be less surprised if he doesn't get drafted than I would be if he were a first round pick.

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