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Tavius Robinson Is Ready to Build Off a Strong Rookie Season

OLB Tavius Robinson
OLB Tavius Robinson

When you're a Day 3 Ravens draft pick, you typically don't see much time on defense in your rookie season. That's the nature of playing for a franchise that's always loaded with defensive talent.

Outside linebacker Tavius Robinson was the exception last season. Because of injuries in his position group and his own solid play, Robinson gained valuable experience that has given him a high platform to start from as he enters Year 2.

Robinson is coming off a season where he played 335 snaps. That's the most of any Ravens rookie defender who was drafted on Day 3 since cornerback Tavon Young in 2016. Robinson played in all 17 games and notched 26 tackles and one sack. He feels well ahead of where he was a year ago as a fourth-round pick who was a late bloomer to football due to growing up in Canada.

"It's so different. It's like night and day," Robinson said during minicamp. "A whole year under the playbook, a whole year with the guys, a whole year with offseason training. Being here really helped. Looking forward to having a good Year 2, for sure."

Robinson has been a fixture at the Under Armour Performance Center nearly all offseason, working alongside other up-and-coming young defenders including linebacker Trenton Simpson and defensive tackles Travis Jones and Broderick Washington.

Robinson was a big man as a rookie, standing in at 6-foot-6, 258 pounds. Now, even bigger, with about 10 pounds of added muscle this offseason.

"I definitely feel stronger. My hands are even heavier, and my speed is the exact same," Robinson said.

"Last year, my role was really first and second down, setting the edge, being that physical player on the field. So, of course, whatever my role is, I'm going to fill that role to the best of my ability. I think it's going to be similar to that this year, but, of course, I want to continue to grow that role as the years go on."

After the Ravens' final minicamp practice, Robinson walked the whole way off the field talking with pass rush specialist and Outside Linebackers Coach Chuck Smith. Smith worked wonders with Baltimore's league-leading pass rush last season, and Robinson is one of his prized projects.

"He knows that I've got the power. So it's just about wrapping it and learning the skills and actual moves," Robinson said. "I've really focused on moves this offseason. Started spinning a little bit, started learning things from Odafe [Oweh] and stuff. I think it's going to help me tremendously, being able to use that finesse but then also still having that power in my pocket."

Check out who stood out on the practice field during the Ravens' mandatory minicamp.

Robinson showed more diversity to his game in offseason practices so far this summer. He'll be able to show off more of his game when the physicality ramps up in training camp, but he already was a frequent visitor to the Ravens' offensive backfield.

"Honestly, he's getting better every day. I know that's cliche to say, but he's honestly getting better each and every day," veteran outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy said.

"He's doing the right things. Every time you understand concepts and defenses, you graduate from football 101 to football 102, [and] you're going to see improvements. I think his familiarity of understanding the defense more and more each day, he's allowed to play faster, play with more confidence and swagger. I think that's what we're going to see this year."

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