Rashard Robinson recently arrested for drug possession, but there were other troubling incidents in recent months that #Jets were aware of BEFORE they traded for him. NYJ fans will want to read this: https://t.co/djf76hslkm pic.twitter.com/LgvYUFi67V
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) January 10, 2018
Hardly-used New York Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson was arrested in December for marijuana possession, according to a report on Tuesday.
New York Jets cornerback Rashard Robinson has been flagged, but not for pass interference. The second-year player was arrested for marijuana possession (candy laced with pot to be specific), according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The Jets traded a fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in October to acquire Robinson, which led to a somewhat embarrassing moment at a press conference, as coach Todd Bowles appeared to learn of the trade from the press.
Robinson has a prior history of issues. He was suspended from LSU’s football team for poor grades, a failed drug test and was expelled from the university after breaking into a teammate’s apartment. Mehta notes that he is an exceptionally talented player, only being held back by off-field issues.
Robinson, who grew up in Pompano Beach, FL, has surrounded himself with people that he shouldn’t surround himself with, according to sources. Although the 6-foot-1, 177-pound Robinson has “elite cover corner skills,” according to one 49ers source, trouble seemingly always follows him.
His numbers back up the elite cover corner skills, as he has produced 15 pass defenses in two years, along with two interceptions. He has an ability to make plays on the football but obviously needs to be on the field. He did not make a significant impact with the Jets, recording only one tackle in six games.
The Jets have many options to fill their roster for 2018, making it more likely that they cut bate with Robinson. General Manager Mike Maccagnan’s intention to be active in free agency further decreases the likelihood that the team brings Robinson back.
The Jets traded for Robinson hoping that he could join Juston Burris, Marcus Maye, and Jamal Adams as their secondary of the future. However, it now appears that the team should be happy that they only traded a fifth-round pick for him.