Wan’Dale Robinson was all smiles during his press conference Wednesday afternoon, and perhaps what drew the biggest smile of all from the rookie wide receiver will prove most telling:
The prospect of a backfield package featuring himself, Saquon Barkley and Kadarius Toney had Robinson, the Giants’ second-round draft pick this spring, grinning ear-to-ear.
“I think it can be pretty exciting,” Robinson said. “We’ll see the stuff that they come up with and whenever game time comes, I’m sure you all will be happy to see it.”
The thought of three dynamic talents sharing the backfield is tantalizing and refreshing. This is a Giants offense, after all, that drew droves of criticism for its lack of creativity, and the resulting futility, last season.
This go-around, the Giants are working to maximize their weapons, Robinson included.
“Each and every day we’re just getting better,” Robinson said. “It’s a new system that we’re all learning. Just the communication aspect and everything, it all has to come together for us to be a good offense.”
Robinson will be central to that effort. At Kentucky, he earned second-team All-SEC honors and broke single-season school records in receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,334). The Giants certainly liked what they saw, making the shifty 5-foot-8 receiver the 43rd overall pick in the draft.
“This is the type of offense that you would want to be in as a receiver,” Robinson said. “They give you a lot of flexibility on running your routes, just allowing you to make plays and get open.”
Skeptics will harp on Robinson’s stature. But he is buoyed by a combination of speed and agility that, so far, has made for a swift acclimation to the NFL’s size and physicality.
“It’s been like this my whole life,” Robinson said. “Since I started playing at 5 years old, I’ve always been one of the smaller ones. I’ve been able to overcome that, so I’m not going to treat it any differently now.
“At the end of the day, it’s still football and my job is to go out there and make plays.”
In what capacity remains to be seen. Throughout training camp, he has worked at slot receiver, outside receiver and running back, displaying his unique versatility.
“I’m just trying to go out there every day and prove that they drafted me for a reason,” Robinson said. “I’m just trying to do everything that I can to help our team win.”