The Detroit Lions acquired Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Greg Robinson through a trade Thursday, and the former No. 2 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft is looking to make the most out of his fresh start in Detroit.
“I plan on benefitting from it tremendously,” Robinson said, via Detroit’s team website. “It’s really refreshing and I plan to make the most out of it.”
“Really, my goal is to come in and try my best to learn (the offense) as much as possible and from there just step in and take to coaching and perform to the best of my ability.”
The 6-foot-5, 332-pound tackle started 42 games through his first three seasons in the league but was unable to live up to his high draft selection. Robinson struggled in pass protection and with penalties during his time with the Rams, but will have the opportunity to immediately earn Detroit’s starting left tackle role with Taylor Decker sidelined.
The Lions’ 2016 first-round pick underwent shoulder surgery last week and is projected to miss the next four to six months.
Detroit’s front office had made the offensive line a priority this offseason, signing right tackle Rick Wagner and guard T.J. Lang. The loss of Decker for even just the start of the 2017 season is a crucial blow to Detroit’s revamped offensive line, but general manager Bob Quinn is making sure the team has plenty of options that could potentially fill the void at left tackle.
The Lions also signed free agent offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio on Thursday, giving Detroit another potential starting option at left tackle. The former second-round pick started seven games through his first three seasons with the Buffalo Bills and is expected to compete with Robinson and Joe Dahl for the starting left tackle position.
“They’re both good athletes,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said of Robinson and Kouandjio. “Good athletes that have ability and they’ve played a bit in the league. We’re happy to have them. Both guys give us an opportunity to get better and that’s the key.”
The Lions expect to have an update on Decker’s return at the start of training camp in late July, but are surely hoping a change of environment leads to a successful second stint for Robinson.
Robinson, who has been labeled as a draft bust, is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2017.
Thankful For The Opportunity That Has Been Bestowed Upon Me. Huge Thanks To The @Lions For Giving Me A Chance.. I’m So Ready To Get Rolling!
— Greg Robinson (@G_ROB73) June 15, 2017