Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) stiff arms Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) during the first half of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The New Orleans Saints won the game 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints have a good problem at the running back position — just ask undrafted stud Khiry Robinson.
Starter Pierre Thomas missed the Saints Wild Card Round contest with the Philadelphia Eagles, but Robinson stepped up to the plate and carried the ball eight times for 45 yards. Three of those carries went for 22 yards during the Saints’ game-winning field goal drive.
Not bad for an undrafted rookie playing in his first NFL game.
Robinson says the performance was a long time coming, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett:
"“At that point in time, it was just all about having faith,” Robinson said, reflecting back on that rookie minicamp while sitting in the victorious visitors’ locker room on Saturday night. “So I didn’t get drafted, I didn’t get picked up, you know. But it all worked out for me. I just kept my head high, kept my faith, and kept working hard. And I’m here today to help the team win. I’m happy for that.”"
The fans and yours truly are not the only ones singing Robinson’s praises. Coach Sean Payton is, too:
"“A lot of firsts for him,” Saints coach Sean Payton said when asked about Robinson’s latest achievement. “I was proud of how he finished. I thought ball security was never in doubt, strong. He’s powerful. For a guy that was at a tryout camp, basically, and even after having him we almost didn’t bring him back to training camp, obviously he has progressed and done a great job. It was a big night for him.”"
The Saints are clearly confident in Robinson, who joins an already stacked stable with Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles. New Orleans is pegged as an air-raid team, but the Saints can ground and pound with the best.
That will come in handy when the Saints make the trip to Seattle.
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