New England Patriots outside linebacker Gary Guyton (59) forces Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Laurent Robinson (81) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the cowboys 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots will work out Laurent Robinson today

The New England Patriots have all 90 players on the roster after signing former Michigan State nose tackle Rashad Anthony White yesterday, but that isn’t stopping them from working out more players. ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini originally reported that the Patriots would work out Robinson, and the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin reported that the workout will take place today (confirmed by ESPN Boston).

Robinson is also scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions, and he took a trip to the New York Jets yesterday, along with fellow injury-prone wide receiver Austin Collie, who also visited with the Patriots back in minicamp. The Patriots, Jets, and Lions are three teams that still seem to be looking for a veteran wide receiver to add to the mix, and both the Lions and Jets have been aggressively working out vets (Chaz Schilens, who was also a Patriots minicamp tryout, and Steve Breaston will also work out for the Lions). The Jets in particular could use another wideout with Santonio Holmes still injured and Stephen Hill showing very little signs of progress.

The Patriots are likely just doing due diligence on Robinson, and it isn’t uncommon to see the Patriots work out a variety of veteran wide receivers around this time of year. But Adam Caplan did tweet that the Pats are among the teams (the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Lions are three others) looking for WR depth, so it is entirely possible that a player like Robinson ends up with a contract with the Pats (the Jets did not offer him a contract after yesterday’s workout, per Caplan).

I like the decision made by the Patriots to work out Robinson, because he would be a productive receiver with upside if healthy. He averaged 16 yards per reception and had 11 touchdown catches in an excellent year with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, but he suffered four concussions last season. Robinson is a big target who fits as an “X” receiver, and that’s something the Patriots need. Health is a serious question for Robinson, but he has plenty of upside if healthy and is a worthy “resurrection” project for the Pats to take on if they feel it is worth it following the workout.

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  • William Rhoads

    The last thing we need is a player with concussion issue in Detroit having just released RB best four concussion in one year no thank you!

    • Joe Soriano

      Think about it this way, any deal he signs would come with no guaranteed money and would come as a standard deal given to oft-injured players. If he doesn’t look good in the workout, the Lions pass. If he doesn’t look good enough in camp and the preseason, the Lions cut him without any issues. Injuries are only a major issue if it is a star player you were expecting a lot out of (not the case with Robinson) or an expensive player (not the case with Robinson). There’s high reward here and the risks are manageable. What’s so bad about just working him out? If he wants to play (which he does and he believes he is past those issues and deserves to be on a team), then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to get that chance. It’s just a workout, which is really just due diligence for the teams working him out.

  • Paulmatthew22

    Poor article,.Had to look up Laurent Robinson,.Heck,.He played for the Jaguars last yr,.Cut me some slack,.That said,.I doubt Robinson will ever get a contract because of his concussion problems,.He will probably be suing the league sometime in the future,.Im sure teams dont want to be any part of that mess