The Facts: Rather than trying to get Frank Gore a rushing record, the 49ers' interests would be better-served in finding a capable No. 2. As it stands now, I'd make Robinson a slight favorite ahead of Maurice Hicks and rookie Thomas Clayton.
Diehards Line:As Press Democrat staffer Matt Maiocco reminded readers, Robinson made the full-time conversion to RB last season after playing QB at Penn State. He was promoted to the short-yardage back after Gore had some fumble problems on the goal line and scored twice in short-yardage situations. Lack of experience was an issue, however, and Robinson will have to show he's better able to find and hit the hole before supplanting Hicks as the full-time backup. Still, Maiocco believes Robinson is ready to take that step.