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Denard Robinson ready to play any position in NFL

Denard Robinson ready to play any position in NFL

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Denard Robinson is willing to do whatever it takes to play in the NFL.

``I'm open to a lot of ideas,'' Robinson said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. ``I just want to make it one day. I hope that whatever team picks me utilizes my talents in whatever ways they want to do it.''

The former Michigan quarterback plans to travel on Friday to Mobile, Ala., to begin showing and telling teams in the league he's open-minded.

Robinson is expected to practice and play as a wide receiver at the Senior Bowl. He said taking snaps in a wildcat-style formation along with playing running back, returning kickoffs and punts are also options.

And, the 6-foot, 197-pound Robinson insists he's even willing to play cornerback - a position switch suggested by a former executive in the league - if an NFL team wants to move him to the other side of the ball.

``I'm up for whatever,'' he said. ``Why not?''

Robinson said he played cornerback sometimes at Deerfield Beach High School in Florida as a senior.

``If the other team had more than one good receiver, they'd put me at corner,'' he recalled. ``I was pretty good.''

He set an NCAA record for QBs with 4,495 yards rushing in his career, breaking the mark Pat White set at West Virginia from 2005-2008. At Michigan, only Mike Hart has run for more yards than Robinson did the previous four seasons.

Robinson said he plans to finish his degree this semester while training in Ann Arbor for the NFL draft in April.

He ran for 100 yards - for the 20th time in his career - on 23 carries in his finale with the Wolverines. He primarily played running back and also took snaps and lined up as a receiver in a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.

Nerve damage in his right elbow knocked him off the field Oct. 27 at Nebraska, keeping him out for the next two games and limiting his ability to throw during the final two games of the regular season and on New Year's Day.

Robinson had 10,776 yards of total offense, ranking sixth in Big Ten history. In the conference record books, he finished one spot lower than Indiana's Antwaan Randle El, who successfully made a transition from playing quarterback in college to receiver in the NFL after being drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2002 draft.

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage recently said Robinson's athleticism, ball skills and speed compares to Randle El, who caught 370 for 4,467 yards and 15 touchdowns in his NFL career with Pittsburgh and Washington Redskins. Randle El also scored five times on punt returns and once off a kickoff.

NFL draft consultant and former Dallas Cowboys general manager Gil Brandt has said he'd draft Robinson to be a cornerback.

``A quarterback never wants to be told he's going to have to play another position, but I don't think he can play quarterback in the NFL,'' Brandt said last month. ``I do know teams are always looking for cornerbacks, and I think Robinson could do it because of his quickness and speed.

``But he'd have to want to do it to make it work.''

And, Robinson does, making it very clear that he's OK with being known as a former QB.

``I am just open to do whatever I've got to do to get a shot in the NFL,'' he said. ``It doesn't matter to me where I play. I just want to play.''

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3 things to watch when the .500 Nationals head to Colorado

The Nationals face the Rockies at Coors Field for the first half of this work week. Here are three things to watch for:

  1. Can the Nationals stay above .500? Stephen Strasburg’s impressive start along with Ryan Zimmerman’s two homers and two RBI kept Washington from being swept by the lowly Marlins.

  2. Who will produce with Anthony Rendon out? While the Nats 3B was sidelined with an elbow injury after being hit by a pitch in Saturday’s outing against the Marlins, Howie Kendrick started in his place. Kendrick went 1-for-3 vs Miami with one RBI and one strikeout. In terms of replacing Rendon’s hitting prowess, Victor Robles has started a streak of his own. The youngster is hot on a seven game hit streak, including a bunt over the infield Sunday.

  3. Will the Nationals ever sure up their end game? Yesterday’s ninth inning was on the brink of disaster. Kyle Barraclough allowed back-to-back walks, then Sean Doolittle loaded the bases. Luckily for the Nats, crisis averted.

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NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Blues eliminate Jets, Stars and Capitals pull ahead 3-2

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Friday saw the Toronto Maple Leafs pull ahead 3-2 and the Colorado Avalanche eliminate the favored Calgary Flames. Saturday provided another elimination game and two teams pulled ahead 3-2 in their series.

Here are the results from Saturday.

St. Louis Blues eliminate Winnipeg Jets with 3-2 win

The Blues return to the second round of the playoffs after they were eliminated in the first round last season.

The Blues rally started 23 seconds into the game, when Jaden Schwartz put home a Brayden Schenn rebound.

Schwartz followed with two more goals, completing the hat trick. It's the second natural hat trick in a playoff series clinching game since Geoff Courtnall in 1992.

The Blues await the winner of the Nashville-Dallas series.

Dallas Stars pull ahead of Nashville Predators in 5-3 victory

The Stars were able to steal one from the Predators at Bridgestone Arena thanks to Jason Dickinson and Alexander Radulov's two goal performances.

Tyler Seguin added a goal of his own to pull the Stars ahead 4-2 at the end of the second period, and Ben Bishop recorded 30 saves.

The Stars have a chance to close the series at home Monday night.

Washington Capitals take upperhand on Carolina Hurricanes with 6-0 shutout

After dropping Game 4 in Carolina 2-1, the Caps exploded for six goals against the Hurricanes in a 6-0 win.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the opening two goals. He leads the Capitals in playoff goals with five and had a four point night.

The Caps also got production from their bottom six with Brett Connolly's goal and Nic Dowd's converted penalty shot. It's the first penalty shot a Caps player has successfully made in the playoffs.

Braden Holtby's shutout gave him seven in the playoffs, surpassing Olaf Kolzig's six for the franchise lead. The Caps have a chance to win the series in Carolina Monday night.

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