Thanks to Julio Jones’ season-ending foot surgery, free agent wideout Brian Robiskie has found a new home.
Reports surfaced on Wednesday night that the former Buckeyes star had signed a one-year pact with the Falcons, and will fill in for the injured Jones. While he obviously doesn’t bring nearly the same level of skill as a star like Jones does, Robiskie’s 6’4, 212-pound frame will at least give Matt Ryan a similarly-sized replacement target while he waits for his favorite deep threat to heal up for 2014. The fact that Robiskie’s father, Terry, is the Falcons’ assistant head coach (who also works with wide receivers) probably didn’t hurt his candidacy as Jones’ replacement either.
In four pro seasons, the former second-round pick has played in 37 games, catching 43 passes for 485 yards. After spending the first two-plus years of his career with the Cleveland Browns, Robiskie also made a brief stop in Jacksonville on the back end of 2011 before signing with the Lions last season.
In his four years at Ohio State, Robiskie caught 127 passes for 1866 yards. He led the Big Ten in touchdown catches (8) in 2008, and also finished third in that category in 2007, despite catching three more touchdowns (11). Robiskie is 22nd all-time in the Big Ten in touchdown grabs, as he finished his career with 24. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Conference Championship all four years Robiskie was on the team, winning a Fiesta Bowl (2005) and making back-to-back National Championship appearances (2006 and 2007).