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49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson is ready to compete

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There were quite a few additions to the secondary during the offseason but the rookie CB from LSU says it's all part of the game.

San Francisco 49ers rookie CB Rashard Robinson is adjusting to the speed of the NFL while under the watchful eye of DC Jim O'Neil who has coached the likes of Darrelle Revis, LaRon Landry, and Antonio Cromartie. The 49ers added several players to the secondary over the off season but Robinson is ready for the competition.

Robinson, who is a slender 185 would like to get up to about 190 for the season. Eric Reid mentioned that he may try to convince Robinson to join him in the weight room, but also said that he's adapting well to his new surroundings as well as the defensive scheme.

Antoine Bethea, back to full strength after an injury sidelined him during the 2015 season, also gave Robinson a positive report.

Oh, he's doing good, young guy coming to the game, especially going against Chip's offense, that's going to be one of the main things for him, you know, just the speed of the game. But he's doing good, you know, as a young player, I think the most important thing to do is just go out there and work hard. Work hard and get in the film room, study, and know the play book.

Robinson, who admits he talks a little while on the field, got into a little scuffle with Jerome Simpson during practice, which he blamed on his competitive nature. For those of you who missed it, he has mentioned that he admires Richard Sherman's aggression and trash talking, along with Patrick Peterson's footwork, and Josh Norman's aggression.

He spoke to the media after OTAs. You can watch the full video here.

How does it feel to be back on the field?

After having all that time off, it was kind of challenging at first, but now I just picked back up the pace. I'm a quick learner so everything is good.

You've been working mostly at left cornerback?

Actually both sides. Whatever coach tells me which side to go to so I just try to get on both sides to get as much work as possible.

How has it been just getting back on a football field?

It's relieving, just being out there, just going out there and competing everyday. Just trying to maximize my potential, taking in all the coaching from coach Hafley and coach O'Neil and then I have all the vets. They are giving me pointers and stuff. They help my improve me game, so it's fun.

Did the vets help calm you down after practice?

You know, it's alright. Just two competitors going out there competing and trying to get each other better. It was the heat of the moment.

What happened there?

Just competing. Just part of the game really.

What has stood out to you as what you need to get better at?

You know every day you can work on something to better yourself, so just working on my fundamentals. Just being a better player and getting down the play book and everything and knowing the calls. Just going out there and having fun playing ball.

What about you makes you an NFL caliber player?

Fast dude. Long dude. Rangy dude. Aggressive dude. So I just gotta go out there and make the most of it.

How would you describe coach O'Neil's scheme?

It's great. Best coach I've probably ever played up under.

Why do players say that?

You have to play man to man, get a lot of pressure. We're out there having fun.

That's your specialty, playing man to man, playing press coverage?

Love playing press.

Are you doing any zone?

From time to time we work the zone but we play a lot of press.

There's a lot of competition at your position.

Gotta just go out there and just give it your all every day. Everybody having to fight is a part of the game really. Just going out there and competing every day. It's part of the game.

Does it make you better when you do that?


Are you working on changing yourself physically?

Actually, I've put on a few pounds. I'm probably around 185 right now. Probably bump up to 190 and I should be ready to go.

Is there an older player that you're gravitating toward?

Actually, defensive backs as a whole. We are like a brotherhood, so when one person sees something, they critique it and we go ahead an fix it and we go on from there.

What's the biggest adjustment for you, coming into the NFL?

The speed of the game. Bigger, stronger, faster receivers, bigger, stronger, faster running backs. The pace of the game, you know coach Kelly has a quick tempo. That's probably the biggest thing I had to adjust to.

Do you like to talk out there?

Yeah, that's part of being a DB. Confidence. But at the end of the day you still have to be humble and hungry.

Is it kind of weird being a rookie and still doing that? Do you have to find a balance?

Well, to be honest, being a rookie, you're young, but you gotta start somewhere. I just try to go out there and compete. Like Coach Kelly says, come to practice every day and make someone else better. That's the mission.

Do you feel like the defense is as complex as some players in Cleveland reported it was last season?

That's part of the game. If you can't really adjust to the speed of the game then it probably would be tough. You just gotta know what you're doing and study your playbook every day, just go out there and want to be a great pro.

Are there a lot of homework assignments?

Just go home and study everything you take down with your notes, just study your notes really.