Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

49er Robinson Traded to Jets

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

49er Robinson Traded to Jets

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FLORHAM PARK — The Jets have been decimated by injury at cornerback over the last several weeks. So before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, general manager Mike Maccagnan made a deal to address the issue.

The Jets traded for San Francisco cornerback Rashard Robinson, sending a 2018 fifth-round pick to the 49ers.

Robinson, a 2016 fourth-round pick out of LSU, has two career interceptions and 16 passes defended in 22 career games — 13 of them starts. The 6-foot-1, 171-pound Robinson has one interception in eight games this season.

It's unclear if Robinson will be available to play Thursday night against the Bills. The Jets agreed to the deal just before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, and Robinson won't have the chance to go through a full practice with the team. But the Jets may need him with all the injuries they've sustained at cornerback.

Buster Skrine is still in the concussion protocol, although he practiced on a limited basis Tuesday. Morris Claiborne, who injured his foot in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, sat out both of the Jets' practices this week. It's unclear if he'll be able to play. The Jets already have lost Xavier Coleman to a season-ending shoulder injury. And they recently cut Marcus Williams.

So the only healthy cornerbacks on the roster as of now are Darryl Roberts, Juston Burris, Robert Nelson, and Derrick Jones. Roberts has been solid; Burris has struggled mightily; Nelson had seen limited action before Sunday's game against Atlanta, where he didn't make any major mistakes; and Jones, the Jets' sixth-round pick in this year's draft, has yet to play a defensive snap this season.

Two Jets have experience playing with Robinson. Safety Jamal Adams played with Robinson at LSU. And receiver Jeremy Kerley played with him last year in San Francisco.

"That's my dog. He's a dog," Kerley said of Robinson. "That's a good football player. He's definitely someone who will fit. …

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