Roger Robinson heard some bad stories about German food, but the Cardinals running back, playing for Frankfurt in NFL Europe, said the bread is good, he enjoyed a great steak Tuesday night and he even had some schnitzel over the weekend.
“Schnitzel has a bad rap,” Robinson said in a conference call.
Whatever Robinson is eating it’s working, since the former Northern Arizona star has exploded onto the NFL Europe scene in two games. Robinson has broken 100 yards each week, and his 253 yards rushing tops the league leaders.
“To be honest, I thought the transition would have been harder,” said Robinson, who was out of football in 2005 after the Cards cut him in training camp. “The speed of game doesn’t feel bad at all; my body can take the load just fine. I was keeping in shape. I knew there was a chance the Cardinals might call me.”
Robinson was admittedly disappointed last year. He was led to believe he would return to the team on the practice squad, but that call never came. Instead, he and his wife lived in Chandler. Robinson worked briefly at U.S. Bank and then was going to teach and coach at Maricopa High School before that fell through.
But then the Cards re-signed him and sent him to Frankfurt, where his quarterback is Jeff Otis, another allocated Cardinal. Robinson beat out the Raiders’ J.R. Niklos to be the starter, but he knows whatever stats he builds he will have a hard time making a roster that includes Edgerrin James, J.J. Arrington and Marcel Shipp.
“I look at it as a big opportunity,” Robinson said. “As much as I want to be a Cardinal . . . it’s an audition (for the whole NFL).”
The agent for linebacker Keith Adams confirmed that Adams, who played for Philadelphia last season, visited Arizona late last week. But Jordan Woy said in an e-mail no deal was imminent. . . . The agent for cornerback Kenny Wright, who visited a couple of weeks ago, said talks had cooled with the Cardinals. . . . The Denver Post reported that the Broncos will be closing the preseason in Arizona for the second straight year (likely Aug. 31 or Sept. 1), although the Cardinals would not confirm it. The Broncos will also visit the Cards during the regular season.