Robertson Loses, But Could Win In Camp
June 23 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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49ers running back, and NFL Europe MVP Jamal Robertson participated in the World Bowl yesterday, and though his team was handed a loss, he could be a big winner with the 49ers in training camp. All off-season long Robertson has just wanted an opportunity to strut his stuff. It was the only way he figured, he could actually make a NFL roster, especially one with such depth at running back. And while his opportunity may not come as a true running back this season, he will be given an opportunity to make the 49ers roster.
Robertson’s final NFL Europe outing was less than amazing. He ran seven times for only five yards as the Fire got washed away by the thunder 26-20. Of course, it should be noted that the Fire passed nearly all game after falling behind 20-0 in the first half. In fact they threw 43 times, so running Robertson really wasn’t a big part of the day. Still Robertson wouldn’t let that defeat him.
Despite averaging only 0.7 yards a carry, Robertson did all he could for his team. He ran back one kick off for 51 yards, and another for 11 yards. His ability to make plays on special teams may be what lands him a spot on the 49ers roster. The 49ers are looking very hard for a spark for their special unites, and Robertson could provide them wit that. He will challenge Vinny Sutherland, Jonas Lewis, Cederick Wilson and Jimmy Williams for the role. The most impressive of them at the position will likely end up on the 49ers roster, possibly even in a dedicated roster spot.