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For Craig Robertson, signing with the New Orleans Saints in March was an easy decision.

The 28-year-old linebacker spent the past four years with the Cleveland Browns after going undrafted out of North Texas in 2011 and experienced zero team success. During the past four seasons, the Browns went 19-45 and finished last in the AFC North each year.



The Saints haven't done great the past two years, going 7-9 each season, but 7-9 was the Browns' best record during Robertson's time in Cleveland, a four-year stretch he called "rough" even though he and his teammates compete every week.

Under Saints coach Sean Payton, though, 7-9 has become unacceptable.

"To be honest, I came here for the opportunity to win, to be honest," Robertson said after practice at The Greenbrier on Sunday. "It's just an organization that it just surrounds itself around winning. ... I talked to Sean (Payton), and that's what the whole meeting was focused on was like hey, how are we going to get back to what we do when we're winning. And that's all I want to be a part of."

If Robertson keeps playing how he has the first few days of training camp, he could play a significant part in the team's hopeful improvement. He's had a fair amount of work with the first-team defense and already has a few pass break-ups, and he said his coverage skills are a strength, which would help him earn a role on defense.

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I've certainly heard good things from training camp about his coverage skills, something we haven't had from an LB in a long time.
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I've certainly heard good things from training camp about his coverage skills, something we haven't had from an LB in a long time.
He's arguably our best cover Linebacker; I think he starts in Ellerbys stead... A mixture of Robertson and Stupar(who also plays damn good special teams)
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So far in camp, Craig seems to cover a lot of ground.

Can't wait to see what chemistry he has with James L at the MIKE.
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We have more speed in the front 7 then... Shoot I don't know if we ever have had this much speed.

Could be a very interesting year, but I'll stick to saying injuries will define this season.
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We have more speed in the front 7 then... Shoot I don't know if we ever have had this much speed.
We had back in the Haslett track-team days. Sedrick Hodge and a bunch of other cats that could just straight fly but couldn't play football worth a damn. That seems to be the difference now...
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he should make an impact on passing downs right out of the gate. An area the saints did really bad at the LB level in 2015.

specializes in pass coverage.
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We had back in the Haslett track-team days. Sedrick Hodge and a bunch of other cats that could just straight fly but couldn't play football worth a damn. That seems to be the difference now...
is that when jr. galette appeared, it took him awhile to get on the field becuase thats what he was just shoot out of a cannon and catch air.
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is that when jr. galette appeared, it took him awhile to get on the field becuase thats what he was just shoot out of a cannon and catch air.
Galette was probably still in elementary or middle school back then

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Assuming Ellerbe is healthy this season, I wonder if we will see him and Robertson together on passing downs? Both are very good in coverage.

Just a thought.
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