With almost a full week of practices in the books, several players are starting to steal the show at New Orleans Saints training camp. From the streets of the Crescent City to the mountains of West Virginia, all eyes are on Patrick Robinson as the former first-round pick looks to bounce back from a 2013 injury.
Robinson, who has had a relatively slow start to his NFL career, was demoted to a backup role in 2013 behind Jabari Greer and the newly acquired Keenan Lewis at the time. He was still in line for a hefty workload following a strong finish to last year’s training camp and preseason. However, the former Florida State standout was forced to miss the remainder of the season after buckling his knee during the Week 2 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was immediately carted off the field.
Now, with Greer out of the picture, the spot opposite of Lewis is up for grabs, which will be determined through an all-out positional battle. Twelve-time Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey and Corey White are projected to finish ahead of Robinson on the depth chart, but P-Rob has been the talk of town as of late.
Other than Lewis, the Seminole-turned Saint has been the team’s top corner at The Greenbrier training facilities in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Since the start of camp, Robinson has stood out more than a majority of the players and continued his success again today.
During Thursday’s practices, the defense looked better than the offense, with P-Rob highlighting the day. After dropping a few during the last week, but still consistently coming away with the pass breakups, he finally came up with a nice diving interception to pick off a Drew Brees pass intended for Andy Tanner. He got burned a couple of times by Brandin Cooks, but it’s going to be tough for anybody to blanket the fastest wideout of the 2014 draft class.
If Robinson can continue his consistency with the first-team defense throughout training camp and the preseason, a sizable workload would be no surprise when the regular season gets underway. His return from injury just adds another piece to the New Orleans Saints’ “no-fly” puzzle.