The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the New Orleans Saints, that player is cornerback Patrick Robinson.
Patrick Robinson was a 1st round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and he played very well limited action last season, essentially playing every 3-cornerback set and splitting time as the #2 cornerback in 2-cornerbacks sets with Tracy Porter last season. Robinson played 756 snaps as opposed to Porter’s 706, but now that Porter is gone, he’s a full time starter and could approach the 1016 snaps played by #1 cornerback Jabari Greer last year.
Despite his limited playing time, Robinson graded out as ProFootballFocus’ 19th rated cornerback last year, in large part because he ranked 8th among eligible cornerbacks with a 59.3 QB rating allowed. He allowed 42 completions on 76 attempts (55.3%) for 523 yards (6.9 YPA), 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions, while deflecting 10 passes and committing 2 penalties.
He also did this with a terrible pass rush in front of him, which ProFootballFocus rated by far the worst in the league. They managed 33 sacks last year, but that was despite blitzing more than any team in the league. New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is known for getting the most out of pass rushers and getting pressure without blitzing, which should make life easier for the defensive backs. Heading into his 3rd year in the league, Robinson has the potential to break out as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
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