August 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Martez Wilson (95) prior to kickoff of a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Lewis, Patrick Robinson and Martez Wilson Looking Like Starters for Saints

The New Orleans Saints are currently in the middle of OTAs and some interesting tidbits of news are coming out surrounding three key players, specifically cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Patrick Robinson and linebacker Martez Wilson.

According to Mike Triplett of, Lewis, Robinson and Wilson have been practicing  with the first string defense so far:

The biggest depth-chart surprise during the New Orleans Saints’ first OTA practice open to the media Thursday was seeing cornerback Jabari Greer with the second team behind Keenan Lewis and Patrick Robinson. But Coach Sean Payton stressed not to read anything into who was running with the first-string and second-string Thursday.

Payton said the pecking order can change from practice to practice – and even from drill to drill – during this early stage of the offseason.

None of this should come as a surprise.

Sure, things could change at the drop of a hat, but the three players listed as “surprises” are more than deserving of a starting role or at least competing for one.

Many Saints fans will shudder at the thought of Robinson as a starter again after his horrific 2012 campaign, but another year of development and better guidance from new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could make all the difference.

Last year Lewis was quietly one of the better corners in the NFL, hence him being one of the most heavily-pursued defenders in free agency. Lewis is No. 1 corner material and is arguably the best the Saints have at the position right now.  He’s already better than both Robinson and veteran Jabari Greer—he just has to prove he has picked up the playbook adequately.

The one name of the three who should be a surprise is Wilson. He’s an athletic freak with an ability to get to the quarterback but it’s hard to know how he will pan out in a 3-4. It makes sense he’s seeing starting time over free-agent linebacker Victor Butler thanks to his experience with the team. Wilson and Butler are guys who should rotate while fighting for the right to start.

All in all it makes sense Lewis, Robinson and Wilson are looking at starting roles early in the preseason. Call it jumping the gun, but all three guys have what it takes to earn starter slots by the time the season rolls around. OTAs are merely the first step in the process.


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  • mikal caesar

    Im a saints fan and i’m telling you that P. rob and K.lewis IS NOT better then J. greer. The saints secondary didnt look good at all last year but I will say that P.rob got killed last year and i do not see how he is starting over coner back J. greer. Of course they will start a man worth 26 million but compare his stats to J. greer year by year………… Not close at all. He might be more physical but Jabari greer will always be the saints best db until he leaves the saints.. on top of being 1 of the best in the league. He’s healthy so why not start him? I hear what coach S. payton is saying nothing official but that’s their job to say that. Zone d isnt there forte so of course everyone will get expose but press and man to man with blitzing is. J. greer is one of the best man to man and press corners in the league. no matter where greer will be starter or not he will shine through the light above and will always do his job for his team because it’s nothing but a team game. I rep WHO DAT NATION ALL DAY! jUST SPEAKING THE TRUTH. SIGNING OUT!! Give showt to IOTA PHI THETA best frat Owt there!

    • Mark L

      I like Jabari Greer too, him and K. Lewis should start and P. Rob as Nickel corner ..

  • WJOinfo

    If Wilson is ever going to be playing with the first team then it’s time for him to step up. This is his 3rd year and he should make a big impression this year…I’m expecting him to have at least 10 sacks ……………..