Yes, the Hawks just officially announced the signing of Jeff Robinson and the release of Boone Stutz.
Frank had wind of it Monday but Coach Holmgren said that nothing had been done officially at that point, that they were taking a look at some guys.
About Robinson. He’s not a kid, at 37, which makes me realize I’m REALLY not a kid. I covered him back when he was at the University of Idaho. He’s made his living as a snapper with the Broncos, Rams and Cowboys, although I believe he saw a little spot duty at tight end, too. The thing few will remember was that he was one of the best defensive players in the Big Sky Conference as an all-league defensive end who was a real nightmare to block on the pass rush. So, he was really a fine athlete.
I remember when he was finished up at Idaho, the word was that he just didn’t quite have the size and quickness to play DE in the NFL, so he spent all that winter before the draft working on his deep snapping in the Kibbie Dome. Smart cookie. It’s continuing to pay off.
Apparently, he’s still got some zip on his snaps. Stutz had plenty of velocity and was a pretty good long snapper, but he was absurdly inconsistent on the short snaps. There’s no reason those shouldn’t be automatic, but he was all over the place. The fact that he had good steam on it worked against him in those cases, because they were harder to handle. I have to believe that the customarily accurate Josh Brown has been significantly affected by his worries about where the snaps are going.
We’ll have a good look at him at the Wednesday practice.