Robiskie Wants to Get White Into the Season’s Final Game

Robiskie Wants to Get White Into the Season’s Final Game

Jay Adams

Published July 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Jay Adams: You’ve had a year with Julio Jones now. It probably doesn’t take long to get a sense of his talent, but now after a year with him, what are your thoughts on his potential and abilities?

Terry Robiskie: Obviously, it’s still early in the game for him, and I don’t ever know what a ceiling is or to put a ceiling on somebody, but he has got the potential to be a really good football player for us, and we expect him to be. The more he’s in the game, the better he’s going to get, but this is going to be his second year in the NFL. The system is not changing that much so, of course, he’ll be a better football player for us. We expect him to be a better player and we’re looking forward to it.

JA: How much is having a year under his belt going to help him out?

TR: It’s going to help him a lot. Obviously, he knows that. Forget the football aspect of it — just the conditioning, coming to training camp prepared, the toll he’s going to put on his body as far as what he needs to do to get his body ready, to know what he’s got to put his body through to get ready and to come to camp and be ready to go and to know what it’s going to take to get through that 20 weeks. Just that phase of it is a plus for him.

JA: Harry Douglas is fully recovered from that 2009 knee injury. What’s it going to take for him to take that next step toward fitting into and excelling at the No. 3 wide receiver position?

TR: I think, as the year got going and got better and better, Harry got better and better. Every day, he’s getting better. He’s getting healthier. Harry’s just got to go play. We’ve got to keep Harry in the game. We’ve got to keep putting him in the game. We’ve got to keep having things come up for him. I think back to New Orleans here last year. Harry had a big game for us (eight receptions, 133 yards). The Minnesota game, Harry had a big game for us (two catches, 45 yards, one touchdown). The only thing Harry can do — and the only thing we can do for Harry — to become a better football player is to keep playing. Let him go. Let him keep going. Harry’s the same thing as Julio. He’s got another year under his belt. He’s got another year of his body getting stronger, getting healthier. Harry’s just got to keep going. Harry will be fine.

JA: You lose Eric Weems in the offseason. Everyone remembers him as a special teams guy, but some of that continuity is lost from the wide receiving corps. Certainly, it’s a spot you’ll have to fill. How do you view the No. 5 spot right now, and is that a battle you see going all the way through training camp?

TR: I think it’s going to go all the way through camp. I think it’s a battle that’s going to go all the way through the preseason. Like you said, it’s a spot we’ve got to fill, but it’s a tough spot. It isn’t a spot that you can fill relatively easy. As you know, Eric Weems was in the Pro Bowl two years ago for us and was a valuable part of it, so we hate to lose him but hey, that’s the business we’re in. You can’t keep them all. You can’t have them all. We’ve got to find someone who can step up and be Eric Weems. Somebody here was Eric Weems before Eric Weems, so we’ve got to have somebody that wants to step up with the group I have. Somebody’s got to step up and say, “Hey, Coach. Eric Weems left. I know what he did, I know the contribution he made and what a good player he was. Coach, I want that job.” Whichever one of my guys is going to do that through… training camp and preseason games, he’ll be the guy that’ll have that spot.

JA: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Roddy White. You’ve been around him for a while. From the time you came in until now, what have you seen that’s really allowed him to establish himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL?

TR: His work habits. I think when I first got here (in 2008), the first week, month — whatever that was — Roddy was Roddy. He had his way of doing things. He had his way of coming to work, doing his work and going home. I think, over the years, that we’ve changed that. That first year I got here, I had to go to his house and sit down with him. We had a nice sit-down conversation and I explained to him, he’s got his way of doing things and I’ve got mine. We’ll do it my way until we figure out that my way don’t work. We did. As you obviously know, Roddy has gone on to play in four Pro Bowls in a row. He’s got a sense that I know a little bit of what I’m talking about and doing it a little bit the way I say to do it, it’s got a chance of working. Now I’ve just got to get him out of them Pro Bowls and get him into a Super Bowl. That’s the next phase of it: What do we have to do now to get him into that part of it?

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