First preseason test for Giants rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson

It quickly became apparent that the NFL game won’t be too big for Wan’Dale Robinson.

Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, when he happily wears his New York Giants No. 17 in the preseason opener against the Patriots, there will be no doubt in his mind that he won’t. is not too small for the NFL game.

“This is just the moment I’ve been waiting my whole life for,” Robinson told the Post, “and just to see it all come to life, it’s going to be pretty special.”

For mom and dad too.

“I’m going to be a nervous wreck. And honestly, maybe I should save it and not watch it,” her mother, Victoria Davis, told The Post with a laugh.

Robinson was the Joe Schoen-Brian Daboll regime’s third draft pick, after Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal, and all seem to uphold his smart, tough, dependable mantra.

It sure looks like Robinson could be a quarterback’s best friend, and Daniel Jones needs as many best friends as he can find as he steps up a last-minute fight for his career with the Giants.

Wan' Dale Robinson
Wan’ Dale Robinson
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“From the time I started playing,” Robinson said, “I’ve always been with older guys, bigger guys. It’s always been instilled in me: you’re going to be one of the biggest small, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean you can’t play football and you can’t be really good at it.

Robinson can’t see 5-foot-8 when he looks in the mirror. He sees a Giant.

“I’m the best every time I go out,” he said. “It’s not an arrogant thing. It’s just the confidence my dad instilled in me when I started playing when I was 5, and every time I’ve stepped out on the pitch since, it’s always been the same mindset.

His father, Dale Robinson, told of a game they used to call Pitchup Tackle at a park in Frankfort, Ky.

“He has a cousin who at that time was maybe 5-10 years old or something,” Dale said. “If you throw the ball, the other guy gets the ball, you have to tackle him with the ball. So Wan’Dale is really tiny, but Wan’Dale didn’t care, he was going to attack this man what As if he didn’t care about his size, he was going to make sure he tackled him.

He also didn’t care about the height of eighth graders when he played with them as a seventh grader.

Victoria said: “He was always the smallest, as he is now. But he never let that stop him.

Wan'Dale Robinson and Daniel Jones stretch before the Giants scrimmage last week.
Wan’Dale Robinson and Daniel Jones stretch before the Giants scrimmage last week.
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Smart, tough, reliable… and fearless.

“When I was a kid, I was never scared,” Wan’Dale Robinson said. “Before I started playing, I was just jumping all over the couch and jumping on things and running into walls. So I guess that’s always been with me. My dad likes to say it’s a Robinson thing. My little sister is exactly the same right now, she’s 2 years old… just wasn’t afraid of anything and will go running and do anything.

It runs a 4.4 40 at a compact 185 pounds.

“If you go back and look at me in high school, I played defense a lot,” Robinson said. “That’s one thing I have no problem with is being hit or hitting people.”

Victoria calls him back to local youth leagues playing for teams called the Bengals and Jets.

“When he started playing in Frankfurt, I used to run with him,” she said.

The Giants recruited his son to perform magic with the ball in his hands, just as the previous regime recruited Kadarius Toney a year earlier.

“I think they both have really good short-area quickness,” receivers coach Mike Groh told The Post. “They have strong lower bodies. Really hard on the ball, and they can make guys miss in the short area or get opened up in the short area. And you can’t get enough of these kind of guys.

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Wan’ Dale Robinson
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Said Robinson: “We definitely have different styles. KT, he moves his body in ways that not many people can do, even ways that I feel like I can’t. He just has this way of moving his body, just being able to make people miss and things like that, as to where I think I’m just kind of like this hard stick and can get myself stop right there on a dime and can change whichever way I have to go, I feel like he can do those things too.

Robinson, who started his college career in Nebraska before playing at Kentucky last year, was more of a running back with the Cornhuskers and then more of a receiver with the Wildcats.

“It doesn’t matter Coach Daboll and Coach Kaf [Mike Kafka] ask me to do it, I will be more than willing to do it and I can certainly do it, ”he said.

Some so-called draft pundits have wondered if the Giants have reached it with the 43rd pick.

“At the end of the day, it’s their opinion,” Robinson said, “they’re entitled to it. It’s not my job to go into all this and think what everyone else is thinking. I know that Coach Daboll and Schoen, they believed in me, so I just want to make sure I proved them right and make sure I succeed.

Never sell Wan’Dale Robinson short. Even now.

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