Last year’s standout rookie left tackle Taylor Decker, who recently underwent offseason shoulder surgery, has now shed his shoulder sling giving a ray of hope for the Detroit Lions that he could be available sooner than first thought.
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) July 30, 2017
As good as this news is Decker is still far away from seeing contact, and the Lions will still need to deploy their backup plan for the first leg of the season. That plan seems to be the recently acquired tackle, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams, Greg Robinson.
Robinson has been recently removed from the NFI (Non-Football Injury) list, which should mean he should be participating in the teams training camp shortly.
T Greg Robinson and DE Cornelius Washington have been removed from Active/Non-Football Injury and will return to practice. pic.twitter.com/4Wb5Yx37ah
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) July 30, 2017
Although, not an ideal option Robinson does have a high pedigree being selected second overall in the 2014 draft. Hopefully, the talent he possesses can be molded by the Lions coaching staff and turn Robinson into a serviceable starting left tackle until Decker can return fully healthy.
Working with Jim Caldwell and his offensive staff should be a step up from the coaching staff Robinson has had previously in his career, that being Jeff Fisher and company. In Robinson’s short career, he has had three different offensive coordinators (Brian Schottenheimer, Frank Cignetti, and Rob Boras). The continuity that the Lions bring could do wonders for the talented, underachieving tackle.
Robinson will not provide the same level of play Decker can offer, according to Pro Football Focus, Robinson was ranked 70th of all qualifying tackles, while Decker was ranked 25th. The hope however with Robinson, is that he can be elevated by the talent around him since the Lions added two high-end veteran lineman in Rick Wagner and T.J Lang.
The pre-season should be a good indication if Robinson has turned corner being in a new situation.