Rashard Robinson

Former 49ers cornerback suspended first four games of season

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Former 49ers cornerback suspended first four games of season

Rashard Robinson won't be playing in a regular season game until Oct. 7 at the earliest.

The former 49ers cornerback is suspended the first four games for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse.

Robinson -- who currently plays for the Jets -- was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.

He started six games as a rookie and made seven starts last season before he was traded to New York in late October.

In exchange, the 49ers acquired a 2018 fifth-round pick -- which the 49ers shipped to New England (along with right tackle Trent Brown) for a third-round selection.

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The 49ers used that third-round pick on safety Tarvarius Moore.

Former 49ers cornerback Robinson arrested in New Jersey

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Former 49ers cornerback Robinson arrested in New Jersey

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — New York Jets player Rashard Robinson has been accused of possessing marijuana-laced candy.

Authorities say the 22-year-old NFL cornerback was pulled over in Morris County, New Jersey, last December and police found "THC infused Peanut Budda Buddah Candy" in Robinson's possession.

Robinson was arrested and charged with drug possession and carelessly driving a 2018 Mercedes Benz. Police say the car smelled like marijuana.

A spokesman for the Jets said they won't comment on the pending legal matter. It was unclear if Robinson had hired an attorney, and public records don't list his phone number.

Robinson was acquired from the 49ers on Oct. 31 for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft. He had just two tackles in limited action with New York, but made one start against Kansas City on Dec. 3.

He played eight snaps on special teams at New Orleans two days after the arrest, but was inactive for the Jets' final two games of the season for what coach Todd Bowles said was "a coaching decision."

Robinson was a fourth-round draft pick in 2016 out of LSU, but was inconsistent and penalized often during his stint with the 49ers. He had two interceptions, 15 passes defensed, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 22 games with San Francisco, but also had 17 accepted penalties during that span. He had been demoted by the 49ers at the time of the trade with the Jets.

Robinson played for two seasons at LSU before being suspended in 2014 because of academic issues and a failed drug test. He also was arrested in 2015 and charged with unauthorized entry of his former teammate's apartment.

He didn't play again for the Tigers, leaving LSU and then enrolling at Broward College to train for the draft.

Rashard Robinson's repeated mistakes taken into account before trade

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Rashard Robinson's repeated mistakes taken into account before trade

SANTA CLARA -- The other trade the 49ers made this week was also interesting.

Under the direction of then-general manager Trent Baalke, the 49ers took a gamble with the 2016 fourth-round selection of Rashard Robinson. The promising cornerback had not played football for two seasons after twice being suspended at LSU.

The new regime showed little patience for Robinson’s repeated mistakes. He was called for eight penalties through the first seven games. After being demoted as a starter last week, Robinson was called for two penalties on special teams against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“As we evaluate these things, we evaluate everything,” Lynch said Thursday on KNBR (680-AM). “You got to improve and you got to take coaching and things, and when you see the same mistakes happening, and other people see what we see, in terms of the upside, and so we had a couple teams call us.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said it was not an easy decision to trade Robinson to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick. The 49ers did not have a fifth-rounder after trading that selection, along with tight end Vance McDonald, to Pittsburgh for a 2018 fourth-round pick.

“I think Rashard has a chance to be a really good player in this league, but that’s going to be up to him,” Shanahan said on “49ers Game Plan,” which airs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3).

“He showed some talent but was definitely struggling with penalties and some of his coverages. I do like Rashard, and that was a tough decision for us, but when we had the opportunity to get a fifth-round pick, the fact Ahkello (Witherspoon) has been playing well and we thought DJ (Dontae Johnson) has, too.”

Lynch said the 49ers also have a high opinion of rookie cornerback Greg Mabin (6-foot-2, 200 pounds), whom the club promoted this week from the practice squad.

Robinson was in uniform and played seven snaps of special teams in the Jets’ 34-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.