New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson Needs More Development

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New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson (#21) tackles Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (#80) on Sept. 25, 2011 (Source sports.yahoo.com)

When the New Orleans Saints selected cornerback Patrick Robinson in 2010 NFL Draft during the first round, many figured Head Coach Sean Payton knew something we didn’t.  I’m still wondering.

I had never heard of Patrick Robinson until the night of the draft and was a bit surprised by the pick.  However, I didn’t want to judge too early so I waited to see him develop.  I’m still waiting.

Robinson became Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams “whipping boy”.  The year before, safety Malcolm Jenkins was it and he has turned out to be stellar in the backfield.  I figured the same would happen for Robinson.

He saw limited playing time during his rookie season last year and was only brought in on a few plays.  He also saw some action when there was injuries to cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer.

Robinson was also utilized in special teams which is usually where every rookie cuts their teeth on.  At the end of the season, he really didn’t impress me too much and just chalked it up to newbie jitters.

When training camp started for the 2011 season, I had a good feeling about Robinson and was eager to hear about his progress.  When media reports came in, I wasn’t disappointed.

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  • nolafan33

    Patrick Robinson is really getting the short end of the stick.

    Did he struggle against Green Bay? Sure, but what young rookie corner wouldn’t? The last two games have been solid.

    Chicago: 2-5, 40%, 33 yards, 6.6 avg, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 PD, 62.9 QB rating

    Houston: 3-4, 75%, 29 yards, 7.3 avg, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 PD, 94.8 QB rating

    For a grand total of:

    5-9, 55.6%, 62 yards, 6.9 avg, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 PD, 77.1 QB rating

    That is FAR from Jason David numbers, infact I’d say that’s pretty close to really getting the job done.

  • nolafan33

    Patrick Robinson is really getting the short end of the stick.

    Did he struggle against Green Bay? Sure, but what young rookie corner wouldn’t? The last two games have been solid.

    Chicago: 2-5, 40%, 33 yards, 6.6 avg, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 PD, 62.9 QB rating

    Houston: 3-4, 75%, 29 yards, 7.3 avg, 0 TD, 0 INT, 0 PD, 94.8 QB rating

    For a grand total of:

    5-9, 55.6%, 62 yards, 6.9 avg, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 PD, 77.1 QB rating

    That is FAR from Jason David numbers, infact I’d say that’s pretty close to really getting the job done.

    • Gene Higginbotham

      Jonathan,

      Not sure what the QB rating has to do with P. Rob. since he had nothing to do with the offense. Cutler’s poor QB rating was because the Bears receivers aren’t that top notch and Forte did most of the work. Also Cutler was on the ground from the front seven. With Houston, yes he had 0 passed defended…because the receivers got behind him. Nothing to defend when you’re not close. Here’s some stats for you: 36 career total tackles and only 3 passes defended. Not very impressive.

      With Green Bay, yes they are a good team but let’s not make excuses. My issue is his comments after the game where he made the statement that he was nervous and in so many words admitted that it had an impact on his play. You DO NOT say things like that. It was dicussed by Bobby Hebert and Deke B. on WWL the next day and Hebert stated as a QB, they would have a field day on P. Rob if an opponent was game planning. They also brought on and interviewed Secondary coach Tony Oden and asked him about the comments. Oden sidestepped the question but expressed his displeasure in it.

      Being able to see the whole field in the Dome, I watch P. Rob as he constantly gives way too much cushion on good receivers. I’m not trying to go total sellout on him, but for a first rounder, he’s got to give more. I’ve watched him in practice and was excited to see his progression. Something is just not translating from there to the playing field. Straight out, I hope I’m wrong for his and the team’s sake. I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. I haven’t heard too much positive about him from analysts or just people in general. You and realheavyd actually shocked me with his new fanclub. Sorry if you feel he’s getting the “short end of the stick”. I guess Jabari Greer has me spoiled. Thanks for the comment and for reading WDD.

  • realheavyd

    I think you might be a bit quick to put Robinson’s head on the chopping block already. I mean seriously, look at the QB’s & WR’s he’s had to deal with already. You are being way too harsh, if you ask me. How do you even know that Porter is healthy enough to start at corner again anyway? I bet he plays mostly nickel while Robinson starts with Greer at corner.

  • realheavyd

    I think you might be a bit quick to put Robinson’s head on the chopping block already. I mean seriously, look at the QB’s & WR’s he’s had to deal with already. You are being way too harsh, if you ask me. How do you even know that Porter is healthy enough to start at corner again anyway? I bet he plays mostly nickel while Robinson starts with Greer at corner.

    • Gene Higginbotham

      Well realheavyd, the QB’s and WR’s he’s faced are good. But as I told nolafan33, let’s don’t make excuses. That is where we make ourselves average is when excuses are made. I’m not putting him on the chopping block, just trying to point at that he does have to improve.

      If you don’t agree with that, then I don’t know what else I can sway you with. As I told nolafan33, I was excited to see him in practice and his progression. But something is not transitioning from practice to the playing field. I also took issue with his comments from the Green Bay game where he said he was nervous and it impacted his play.

      Players that are interviewed after the game are interviewed for two reason: they had a really good game and are asked about their play or had a less than stellar performance and are asked what they feel happened.

      I hope you can agree that a player should never say that regardless of position. Teams hear that and will eat you alive. Watching him play in the Dome, he looks lost at times and receivers get behind him. The cushion he gives is way to conservative. Yes, Jabari Greer has spoiled me with CB’s.

      Speaking of CB’s, on if I even know that Porter is healthy enough to play corner, Payton pretty much said he’s healthy and will be good for the Jaguars game. I ran into Porter after the Texans game and he was bouncing around pretty good. You mentioned about P. Rob starting, well Gregg Williams has made the statement that he’s a better coach when Porter and Greer are together on the field. Take from that what you will on P. Rob starting. Leigh Torrence is actually to me a step higher on the ladder.

      Trust me, I really want to be mistaken on Robinson. I hope he does improve. Of course we write at WDD to get some feedback and comments. I appreciate you reading WDD and giving feedback. I’m sure P. Rob appreciates you and nolafan33, his fan club is at two now. ;) Thanks again rhd.

  • BEZZY2180

    hey where do you get these stats?

  • BEZZY2180

    hey where do you get these stats?