Oakland Raiders coach: Denard Robinson will be used in multiple roles in Senior Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. -- Denard Robinson maintained throughout his career he was a quarterback. That's partly why he chose Michigan in the first place, because Rich Rodriguez wanted him under center while others sought him for other positions.
He's always seen himself as a quarterback.
That's no longer the case.
When Robinson showed up over the weekend in Mobile, he introduced himself to his new coach, the Oakland Raiders' Dennis Allen, as "Denard Robinson, University of Michigan, athlete."
And that's exactly how Allen plans to use Robinson on Saturday in the Senior Bowl (4 p.m., NFL Network).
"We’re going to line him up at a couple of different positions," said Allen, who will coach Robinson's North team. "He hasn’t been able to participate fully in practice yet. We anticipate him being able to do that (Wednesday). But we’re going to try to move him around and do some different things with him, and just try to evaluate what he can do."
Robinson is practicing at receiver and punter returner this week, although he has not been cleared for contact drills due to lingering effects from the nerve damage he sustained in October to his right elbow.
But he told MLive.com he still intends to play Saturday, despite his obvious health limitations, and could play a variety of roles, much as he did in Michigan's final three games.
Robinson played tailback and receiver, as well as some quarterback, in those games.
"He’s been limited, but this guy is an incredible athlete," Allen said. "He’s got great speed, great quickness, and he’s certainly a weapon when you get the ball in his hands in space."
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