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Adrien Robinson: Giants' tight end says 'it's now or never'

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Adrien Robinson knows he has an opportunity with the New York Giants this season.

Preseason is the only time we have seen Adrien Robinson catch the ball
Preseason is the only time we have seen Adrien Robinson catch the ball
Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Adrien Robinson knows what time it is. Entering his third year it is put up or shut up time. The 2014 season offers his best, and maybe his final, chance to show that he can be a productive NFL player.

"It's a huge opportunity. They (The Giants) laid an opportunity right in front of me. I just have to go take it and make the most of it," Robinson told assembled media Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. "It's my third year ... it's now or never."

Robinson's first two seasons with the Giants have been, to put it mildly, unproductive. He has played two regular-season snaps, none of those in 2013, and has yet to catch an NFL pass.

'It's my third year ... it's now or never.'   - Adrien Robinson

Some of that has been due to circumstance. Robinson got a delayed start in 2012 due to NFL rules that did not allow him to participate in much of the team's offseason work as his University of Cincinnati class had yet to graduate.

Some of that was due to injury. Robinson suffered a foot injury in the final preseason game of 2013 and was unable to practice for the first half of the season. He then suffered a knee injury toward the end of the season and never got on the field.

Some of that, though, has admittedly been Robinson's own fault. Over the past couple of years head coach Tom Coughlin has often mentioned the idea that some of the team's young players did not really understand the concept of being a professional -- did not really grasp the expectations and the work involved.

Robinson now admits that he might have fallen into that category. He told reporters on Tuesday that his weight ballooned to 285 pounds entering last season because he did not train properly entering the season. He said he is now 270 pounds and is aiming to play at 265 pounds this season.

"I feel like I'm more mature. I'm more of a professional now," said the 24-year-old Robinson.

Robinson was branded "the JPP of tight ends" by GM Jerry Reese when he was selected back in 2012. He said Tuesday that "I do feel like I can be the JPP of tight ends."

Forget the JPP stuff. The Giant would settle for Robinson becoming a competent, consistent player who blocks, knows his assignments and makes some catches over the middle. Before he can do any of that, though, he actually has to get on the field.