While it was far from perfect, the New Orleans Saints running game was improved on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, in large part thanks to a youngster by the name of Khiry Robinson.
Check out these numbers via ESPN’s Mike Triplett:
The Saints’ final rushing numbers didn’t look all that great — 28 carries for 66 yards (2.4 yards per carry). But they started much stronger than they had in recent weeks. Thomas gained six yards off left tackle on the Saints’ first play from scrimmage. And Thomas, Darren Sproles and Khiry Robinson combined for 36 yards on their first seven carries of the game before the first minus run reared its ugly head (a six-yard loss by Thomas). Again, we’re talking baby steps. But at least they’re steps in the right direction.
The Saints have been horrific on the ground this year and have relied on the short passing game to make up for its unsurprising absence.
It appears the health and efficiency of the offensive line is getting much better as the season wears on, but the added production from Robinson, an undrafted rookie out of West Texas A&M, is making a huge difference as defense have to prep for three different backs and their specific skill sets.
Robinson is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and the Saints continue to improve on the ground. Add that to the list of long positives surrounding this Super Bowl contender.
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