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Robinson overhauls footwork ... and more

Posted by Albert Breer  May 1, 2010 02:42 PM

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That picture on the right shows something Zac Robinson's working on during this minicamp -- operating from under center.

Robinson was in that position, he estimated earlier, about 30 percent of his time as a Cowboy. So he's taking time now to tweak his footwork, but added that the coaches haven't messed with his delivery.

"As far as how you throw the ball, it’s really hard to change that," Robinson said. "How you throw it is how you throw it. I’ve been throwing it the same way since I was 8 years old, when I started playing football. Obviously you get a lot stronger, things like that, but how you throw it is how you’re going to do it.

"It’s really just footwork, and I have a long way to go with reading defenses from under center. It’s harping on footwork, and learning the system."

OK, a couple other observations, to add to what Shalise had earlier, from the morning practice.

1) Tight-ening things up: TE Aaron Hernandez continues to look impressive, both in his athleticism and versatility to play all over the formation. He even lined up, at times, outside the numbers. Again, he seems smooth and natural running.

2) Spikes' speed: LB Brandon Spikes -- he of the 5.0 40-yard dash -- doesn't look slow. In fact, in 7-on-7s, it was noticeable how quickly he reads things, and how he seems to diagnose where the play's going and breaks toward the ball a split-second faster than everyone else. Of course, his aggression gets the best of him at times, too. In a pursuit drill earlier in practice, he flat-out whiffed on one of the tryout receivers.

3) The blast: Shalise mentioned earlier how hard the coaches are working Hernandez ... It's also worth noting that undrafted tailback Pat Paschall is getting worked over pretty good by running backs coach Ivan Fears. Since Paschall's the only back in this camp, there's really nowhere to hide.
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