Following the Los Angeles Rams' sixth straight loss on Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers, one of the underlying topics of conversations surrounding the team has been the status of offensive lineman Greg Robinson.
The 24-year-old for the second time in the last four weeks was a healthy scratch from the lineup. Despite experiencing another setback, Robinson could be headed back into the starting lineup against the Arizona Cardinals out of necessity due to second-year offensive tackle Rob Havenstein currently dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered against the 49ers.
In light of that, interim head coach John Fassel has also tossed around the idea of moving Robinson back over to offensive guard, which the team has already practiced this week with him playing the position in a few different starting lineup scenarios in preparation for the Cardinals.
“Today, we worked a couple different lineups. I probably, even though we don’t have it set yet, wouldn’t say anyways," Fassel said. "We worked Greg at left tackle, (G Rodger) Saffold at right tackle, Saffold at left tackle, (T) Pace Murphy at right tackle – and that’s kind of the lineups we’re tinkering with.
"Very likely, by tomorrow, we’ll have something pretty determined because that’s our big practice. But they’ll be ready. Greg, benched last week, I talked to him about being ready to go this week, he took to it and I would imagine that he would perform at the highest of his ability.”
Fassel also added that has spoken to Robinson about the possibility that he could be moved back to the position for the first time since his rookie campaign.
“Briefly. But, really, I think the best thing for him is to give him one spot and let him really just focus on that," Fassel said. " That was a discussion, but I would imagine that there will be one position picked for him and master this position. I think that’s where he’s at and that’s what’s best for him.”
Robinson has struggled tremendous in the last two seasons as he leads the NFL with 31 total penalties over that span. Things have only worsened this year as he currently ranks 67th among 74 qualified players at his position, according to Pro Football Focus.
It has been quite a frustrating process for the Rams, who initially drafted him with high aspirations as the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The organization had hoped he could make the smooth transition over offensive guard that could help maximize his run blocking ability. However, he experienced much difficulty early on in the changeover that quickly led to the team making the decision to keep him solely playing at left tackle.
Robinson has since been cemented over at position but has continued to show little progress in his development. His future with the Rams could very well be in jeopardy after this season as he owed just $3.4 million in 2017, which is the final year of his four-year, $21.2 million rookie contract.