It has only been a week, but Dominique Robinson is starting to feel comfortable breathing the Chicago air.
Robinson spoke to the Chicago media on Saturday. The day before that, the McKinley High School graduate signed his rookie deal, worth a reported $3.933 million contract that includes a $273,152 signing bonus two weeks after the Bears selected the former Miami University Redhawk in the fifth round.
“I’m loving it,” Robinson said during his introductory news conference with Chicago media last Saturday at Halas Hall. “Everything is here. I don’t have to go anywhere to grab food. I’m eating healthy. It’s been great. I can’t complain. “
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Robinson, who will be wearing No. 91 this season, reported to rookie camp on May 5. About 69 others, including 11 of their draft picks, also were in attendance. Robinson is one of the four defensive rookies selected by the Bears. Robinson connected with his rookie class once they were all in the same facility.
“It feels like these guys have been together for a while now,” Robinson said. “Kudos to them for taking in what is trying to be taught here and what they are trying to prove.”
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Robinson — a quarterback at McKinley — continues to get acquainted at the defensive end spot after switching from wide receiver and playing the end position for only two seasons in college at Miami (Ohio). Robinson wants to improve on his pass-rushing moves and has learned from watching former Ohio State star Chase Young of the Washington Commanders.
“I’m trying to break it into pieces,” Robinson said. That's been his approach since switching to defensive end for the 2020 season.
“I really wanted to focus on my pass rush ... moving into the position because I knew that was what would get me to this point," he said of his approach in college. "And then I focused on the running game, like (in) 2021, that season, because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get here unless I had that with the pass rush. ... Right now I'm trying to get back to working on the run game because that's kind of what we're doing more.”
Bears' defensive coordinator Alan Williams is not going to let Robinson's lack of experience dictate what he could bring to the Bears' defense. It’s still unclear what will be Robinson's role, but Williams knows there's plenty of work ahead for everyone..
“We have to see,” Williams said. “We’re not going to give him a whole bunch. It’s not just him but all our guys. We’re going to say, ‘Hey, line up here. If you get this stimulus, this is the response that you’re going to give us.' And we’re going to teach it over and over again, and then see what he does.'”
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