Ex-Michigan QB Denard Robinson making transition to receiver

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is tackling new roles in the Senior Bowl. (US Presswire)

One of the more intriguing storylines at this week’s Senior Bowl is how smoothly former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson can make the transition to the wide receiver and returner positions.

A day after dropping three of eight punts on the first day of practice in Mobile, Ala., Robinson dropped another at Tuesday morning’s practice. Robinson indicated that it could take several repetitions for him to become accustomed to the spin applied by UCLA punter Jeff Locke.

“I have to get used to the rotation of his ball,” Robinson said. “When it comes off his foot, it kind of curves the other way.”

At receiver, Robinson is working on becoming more precise with his route-running when executing double-moves. Raiders wide receivers' coach Ted Gilmore has been giving Robinson pointers on the route throughout the first two days of practice.

“I just have to be relaxed with it,” Robinson said. “You have to pretend you’re coming out of the break and every time you have to run it at full speed.”

Robinson is also getting advice from former teammates Roy Roundtree and Jeremy Gallon -- Michigan’s top-two receivers in 2012.

“They just told me to go out there, use your speed and make sure you come out of your breaks at full speed,” Robinson said. “They [also] told me to come back to the ball.”

The Lions, Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, Rams and Giants are among the teams that could be interested in a wide receiver with a mid to late-round pick. 

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