Well-Traveled Wideout

The Dolphins' newest wide receiver is an intriguing prospect with great size and the speed to go along with it, but perhaps the most interesting thing about James Robinson is the unusual resume he brought with him to Miami.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Robinson joined the Dolphins five days after being released by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

But that was just one stop in a wild journey since he left Butler Community College a few years ago.

Since that time, Robinson has played for the Florida Frenzy of the National Indoor Football League, the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League, the South Georgia Wildcats of af2, the Argonauts, the Kansas City Brigade of the AFL, and the Argonauts again.

"It's been a journey, you know what I mean?" Robinson said this week. "But I just kept my faith in God. I just let him lead me through a path. If my path would have been here in the NFL earlier, I would have been here. But He had a different path for me, so I just stayed positive, just kept working and just hoped somebody gave me an opportunity."

Despite all the setbacks in his career, Robinson says the thought of giving up on football never really entered his mind.

"I just looked at it like I was just moving up. I went from Arena 2 to Arena 1 to Canada and now I'm here," he said. "I just look at it as, you know, just stepping stones. I just kept moving up. I really didn't look down at it too much."

While Robinson has interesting potential, the reality is he's not likely to stick around very long because the Dolphins have a lot of capable of wide receivers on their roster, including taller guys like Brandon London and draft picks Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline.

Yet he was intriguing enough for Coach Tony Sparano and his staff to want to take a look anyway.

"Well, he's got size, and the guy can just flat-out go," Sparano said. "I mean, he really can, he can run very fast, so you know, he's a big kid with size and catches the ball pretty well, so we felt this would be a good opportunity.

"We had this spot, and I think when you're looking at a developmental player, young guy that, you know, you're bringing onto your team, you really want one of those kind of guys, and if you can get a big fast kid like that, take a chance on him, and see where this whole thing shakes down."

If nothing else, it's yet another new experience for Robinson.


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