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papz 08-29-2013 08:57 AM

Patrick Robinson wants to prove he’s on right track with Saints
 
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Between knee surgery and the acquisition of heralded free agent Keenan Lewis, Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson did not have a fun offseason.

Sunday’s exhibition game at Houston might have been the start of a turnaround.

While Lewis struggled repeatedly in coverage of All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson, Robinson looked sharp in his preseason debut after beginning training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

When the Texans tested him early, he ran stride for stride with wide receiver Keshawn Martin and was in perfect position to break up a long third-down pass down the sideline.

“I was playing my technique the right way on that one,” he said. “It showed.”

Technique is the terminology of choice for Robinson, a 2010 first-round draft pick who usually does not have much to say but was very vocal Tuesday about where he needed to improve. Although he started all 16 games last year for the first time in his short career, he was part of a defense that allowed more yards than any team in NFL history.

When the Saints signed Lewis — who led the AFC with 23 passes defensed a year ago for Pittsburgh — it was clear the coaches felt they needed better play at cornerback.

Robinson agrees, even though his 18 passes defensed would have been second to Lewis’ total in the AFC. He also had three interceptions to Lewis’ zero.

“I didn’t play good at all (in 2012),” he said. “I still haven’t come close to my peak. My technique wasn’t sound, and that got me in trouble a lot. There were a good six or seven plays I wish I could have gotten back.”

There were none against Houston. He had zero tackles, but also gave up zero completions. He will try to build on that performance in the preseason finale at Miami on Thursday, with coach Sean Payton promising extra snaps to wipe off any remaining rust while the other starters and locks for roster spots rest.

“He played well,” Payton said. “He might get a little bit more work than normal on Thursday in this game, but he handled the snaps he had real well.”

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ProMallNinja 08-29-2013 09:11 AM

Re: Patrick Robinson wants to prove he’s on right track with Saints
 
I'm expecting P-Rob to have a great season once he gets up to speed and kicks the rust off. This defensive scheme should fit him a lot better. It's basically all up to him at this point, and he sounds humbled by last season. Let's get it, P!

halloween 65 08-29-2013 02:46 PM

Re: Patrick Robinson wants to prove he’s on right track with Saints
 
P-Rob should have a good year. So far he and V are the only one to have a good showing in the secondary.

Rugby Saint II 08-29-2013 03:06 PM

Re: Patrick Robinson wants to prove he’s on right track with Saints
 
Prove it to me then I'll buy in. Until then you are still a disappointment to me. I'm tired of hoping for better things from him. It's now or never son.

Jack Vegas 08-29-2013 05:27 PM

Re: Patrick Robinson wants to prove he’s on right track with Saints
 
I truly believe he will get back to the form he showed in the 2011 season when he was one of the top man-to-man corners in the NFL. I am expecting big things from P-Rob now that he is again in a defense that fits his talent.

homerj07 08-29-2013 05:52 PM

Re: Patrick Robinson wants to prove he’s on right track with Saints
 
Knock on wood that not only is he ready but that he kicks ass this season.


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