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Robinson adapting to new position at Senior Bowl

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Robinson adapting to new position at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Denard Robinson's transition to wide receiver includes some new habits and adjustments.

The former quarterback has to get better at running routes and getting separation, but he's not about to start tying his shoes.

During his Michigan career Robinson was known for his speed, long runs and untied shoes. All those traits have been on display heading into Saturday's Senior Bowl - even his position coach has taken to calling him ``Shoelaces.''

``A couple of offensive linemen in the huddle are like, `Your shoes are untied,''' Robinson said. ``I thought he was playing but he was like, `No, seriously, your shoes are untied.'''

Robinson insists he's not about to start tying his shoes.

However, everything else about his game is changing.

His future in the NFL won't be as a quarterback, whether he lines up in in the Wildcat position, fields kicks or catches passes. Or all of the above.

Robinson was limited to non-contact the first two days of practice by nerve damage in his right elbow that accelerated his position switch since he finished his college career playing running back and some receiver.

He said receiver is where he wanted to be for the Senior Bowl.

North coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders said Robinson's explosiveness and ability to run with the ball has been evident on the practice field.

His openness to learning is another positive.

``He has a lot of confidence in his ability but at the same time he understands that he doesn't know everything that he needs to know about playing the wide receiver position,'' Allen said. ``But he's very willing to learn. That's the biggest thing, is guys understanding and being willing to put forth the effort to try to learn the position.''

Robinson said North teammates like Baylor's Terrance Williams have helped him along the way. He's also gotten calls from Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, receiver Roy Roundtree and cornerback J.T. Floyd with advice.

Floyd's message, Robinson said: ``You've got to be smoother coming out of the breaks.''

He said the biggest lessons he has gotten concern how to use his hands to get separation from defensive backs off the line.

``I want to be good already,'' said Robinson, who is also working as a return man. ``I want to be great already, so of course I thought I could be better. I'm always striving to be better.''

North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon's early glimpses of Robinson as a receiver were promising, even restricted by the elbow.

``He's a heck of an athlete,'' Glennon said. ``I've seen him on TV plenty of times, and he can really play. Just the way he moves, I'm sure he'll make the transition well.''

Robinson's running abilities were on display throughout his college career. His 4,495 rushing yards broke Pat White's NCAA record for quarterbacks.

White stayed put at quarterback during the 2009 Senior Bowl and was named the game's MVP before being drafted in the second round by the Miami Dolphins. He was cut after one season.

Robinson is hoping his career turns out more like Antwaan Randle El and Green Bay's Randall Cobb, who began his Kentucky career as a quarterback but has thrived as a receiver and return man.

Randle El, then the major college career leader for QB rushing yards, made the switch at the 2002 Senior Bowl and wound up catching 370 passes for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins.

Robinson seems to have maintained a positive attitude about the position move.

``I don't live my life with regrets, he said. ``I made this choice and I've got to make the most of it.''

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

The Washington Wizards lost to the Charlotte Hornets 122-105 on Friday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Bad matchup: Despite their poor record, there is something about this Charlotte Hornets team that gives the Wizards trouble. The Wizards lost to the Hornets (26-33) for the third time in three tries this season on Friday night and, aside from a push in the third quarter, they were never really in it.

All in all, it was a dud of a game for the Wizards who were probably due for one. They had won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall got injured. They were also coming off a huge road win the night before in Cleveland, a game that started an hour later than usual.

It was a tough turnaround and the Wizards sure looked like it. It was evident in their defense and unforced errors. They did, however, have a decent shooting night. They shot 49.4 percent from the field 16-for-17 from the free throw line.

The Wizards' second unit didn't provide a lift outside of Kelly Oubre, Jr. (11 points). Mike Scott, one of their best bench options, was held scoreless.

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Ugly first half: The Wizards only trailed by 12 points at halftime, but that score was skewed by a five-point push in the final seconds. The Hornets dominated for much of the first two quarters and did so by hitting threes and forcing turnovers. Those mistakes dug the Wizards a hole they never recovered from.

The Wizards had 10 turnovers in the first half, the same amount they had in their entire game the night before. Limiting mistakes was a big reason they beat the Cavaliers, yet the script was flipped by Charlotte.

The Hornets capitalized with 23 points off those 10 first-half turnovers. The Wizards had 14 giveaways for the games that led to 28 total points. 

Charlotte was 7-for-11 from three at one point in the first half and finished 17-for-39 (43.6%) for the game. That is very uncharacteristic for the Wizards, who entered the night second in the NBA in opponents three-point percentage.

Again, though, the first half ended well as Oubre and Bradley Beal gave the Wizards a jolt in the final seconds:

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Bad defense: The Wizards have played some great defense in recent weeks, but they just didn't have it on Friday night. Most surprising were the guys that hurt them most.

Dwight Howard was limited to 11 points and six rebounds and Kemba Walker didn't score his first points until the final minute of the first half. But others like Frank Kaminsky (23 points), Marvin Williams (15 points) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14 points) got pretty much anything they wanted.

For Walker, it was a tale of two halves. He was held in check by Tomas Satoransky in the first half, but broke out in the third quarter and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. Maybe it was tired legs on the Wizards' part, but Walker just kept dribbling until he got space and once he did, he knocked down shots.

Much like Kyle Lowry did a few weeks ago, Walker made adjustments to find success against Satoransky. We haven't seen that happen much since Wall went out, but those two have given him some trouble. Both guys are considerably smaller than Satoransky and very quick. Maybe there's something to that.

Add it all up and this was one of the worst defensive games of the season for the Wizards. They allowed their most points in a game since Jan. 17 against, you guessed it, the Hornets. Only three times this year have they given up more than what they allowed on Friday.

No Sessions: The Wizards did not debut their newest player on Friday night, which was probably to be expected given Ramon Sessions has not had any practice time yet. That is part of why he didn't play, but it's also another indication that he is unlikely to play much with the Wizards. Sessions is on a 10-day contract and is not expected to supplant either Satoransky or Tim Frazier at point guard. Frazier would seem to be the guy in danger of losing minutes, but it was business as usual for him against the Hornets.

Up next: The Wizards are off Saturday before returning to action at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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