Glowing reports came in about Robinson and his development in the backfield. Media coverage showed him batting balls, jumping routes and even intercepting QB Drew Brees. Things were looking good.
Even Williams gave Robinson heaps of praise and complimented his continued growth. Robinson seemed comfortable and confident in learning the Saints defensive schemes.
I knew the true test though would be in a real game and Robinson would get his chance in Green Bay against the Packers. Porter was nursing a knee injury and Robinson started the season opener. The results were less than perfect.
Robinson gave up several big plays and slipped down on coverages. He continued to give the Packers wide receivers at least 8 yards of cushion. On regular receivers that’s risky, on the Packers receivers that’s deadly.
Robinson’s tackling seemed suspect on some occasions and shows a tendency to whiff with arm tackles. After the Packers game, he admitted that he was not focused and nervous about his starting role. Not something that needs to be announced.