Patrick Robinson “needed” rough first stint with Saints

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When the Saints drafted Patrick Robinson with the 32nd pick of the 2010 draft, the idea was that he’d become a fixture in their secondary for years to come.

It didn’t work out that way, however. Robinson spent one season as a full-time starter, missed time with injuries and generally failed to meet the expectations he carried into the league. Robinson left the Saints in 2015, spent time with the Chargers and Colts and then flourished as a slot corner with the Eagles last year.

All of that led Robinson back to New Orleans as a free agent this offseason. Robinson said this week that the first stint wasn’t a success, but that it was a necessary experience for him to grow into the player he’s developed into over the years.

“I think for me, I think I needed to go through that experience,” Robinson said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Growing up, I was always very talented, one of the better skill players on the team. Going through that whole stretch of up and downs, getting injured, I think that was definitely something that I needed, and over these past years, I’ve learned a lot.”

Robinson said he felt his first run with the Saints ended on a “bitter note,” but that’s not likely to be what’s remembered in New Orleans if the second act resembles his work with the Eagles.

12 responses to “Patrick Robinson “needed” rough first stint with Saints

  1. I thought he was a steal at the time.

    I wouldn’t say it was a position thing. He got beat on double moves etc. Looked athletic but lost, at times.

    The whole slot thing, he had to have been tried there at NO. I don’t think Payton leaves too many stones unturned. He just needed time to mature or whatever that made him ‘flourish’.

  2. With Lattimore, Crawley and P Rob the Saints have at least 3 starting caliber corners on the roster and that’s not even counting PJ Williams. BOOM!

  3. He doesn’t have Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Derek Barnett, Vin Curry, et all in New Orleans.

    Im glad he got a payday. Decent dude, but that D Line made an average secondary look actually legit…until the Super Bowl.

  4. Thanks dude for being the best slot corner in the NFL last year. Save your money! Have a great season, just not against the Eagles!

  5. The Who Dat nation see you Mr. Robinson, now lets get “Mr. Robinson neighborhood’ going, along with “Lattimore island” and do the darn thing!! #Whodat

  6. I was so talented that I never worked on my game or really tried if it didn’t come easy. Then it got time to get paid so I focused on slot corner because it is the narrowest DB job. I paid attention and did my job for a year and got paid! See, all good.

  7. SBLIIChampionEagles says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:51 am
    He doesn’t have Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Derek Barnett, Vin Curry, et all in New Orleans.

    Im glad he got a payday. Decent dude, but that D Line made an average secondary look actually legit…until the Super Bowl.
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    This is the first acknowledgement that Brady lit up the Eagle secondary posted by an Eagles fan that I have read. It should be noted that the Patriot secondary got lit up worse. Made for an exciting SB.

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