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#1: Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson sees his ease in Author: panxing18 PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:32 am
front of a swarm of microphones as symbolic of the more secure person and player he has become since his unsatisfying first stint in New Orleans.He left the Saints in 2015 as a five-year veteran who'd never quite lived up to expectations since being selected out of Florida State in the first round of the 2010 draft Limited Ryan Ramczyk Jersey , just months after the Saints had won their only Super Bowl. Now he's back one season after winning his first Super Bowl with Philadelphia."My first tenure here I was quite weak-minded, to be honest," says Robinson, who signed a four-year free-agent contract worth about $20 million with New Orleans this offseason. "I wasn't that mentally strong. I left and had some experiences, and that definitely helped me. So now I'm a totally different person."Early in his career, Robinson routinely struggled to get out entire sentences without seizing up in awkward silence as he tried to make his mouth utter the words in his head. It was known that he preferred to conduct interviews off camera.Not anymore. And the way the 30-year-old Robinson sees it, the same growth in maturity and confidence that helped him overcome his speech impediment also helped him on the field, and he asserts that the Saints are regaining his services at a time when he's the best he's ever been."Going through the trials and tribulations — that really helped me as a person. So I've definitely grown since then, a lot," Robinson said. "I'm more comfortable. I just try not to make it more than what it is."Robinson said a combination of self-doubt and a tendency to get discouraged by injuries kept him from playing to his potential early in his career. It also didn't help that he played man-to-man coverage all throughout his college career. He described learning the Saints' more exotic defense his rookie season as something akin to "a different language for me. And I was kind of lost — very lost."He didn't become a full-time starter until his third season, in 2012, when New Orleans fielded one of the worst defenses in NFL history. Injuries sidelined him nearly all of the 2013 season, when New Orleans defense improved dramatically and the team made the playoffs. He returned as a starter in 2014, when New Orleans again struggled defensively, ranking last in the league, and the Saints missed the playoffs.Robinson then spent one season each in San Diego and Indianapolis before sliding into a role as a slot defender last season with the Eagles. It seemed to suit him. His four interceptions tied his career high Authentic Alex Anzalone Jersey , first set with the Saints in 2011. Robinson added an interception for a 50-yard touchdown in the Eagles' NFC title game triumph over Minnesota.Now Robinson even has the confidence to discuss some of the changes he's noticed in coach Sean Payton since his previous stint with the club."I've definitely seen a difference. Before he was just like very serious about everything," Robinson said. "Now he's kind of lightened up a little bit, has a bit of leeway with certain things."I'm not sure why, but he's a little bit more lenient."Saints quarterback Drew Brees was fresh off his Super Bowl MVP season when he was invited to announce Robinson as the Saints' top pick in the following draft. He said Robinson's maturity has been evident in camp."He just doesn't look like a young guy who's still trying to get it and understand it," Brees said. "He looks like a guy who's been there, played that position, and has had that experience. He's seen that route and that concept. ... He is much better with his communication with other defensive backs out there on the field."2 Ups and 2 Downs from Thursday’s preseason win against the Jacksonville Jaguars Football is back, baby!. It might have just been the preseason, but it’s still something. So with the return of football, comes the return of our “Ups” and “Downs” series. In what was another roller-coaster of a game with plenty of ups and downs along the way, here are a couple that stood out.Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsUp: Taysom HillIt was the first opportunity for the Who Dat Nation to see Taysom Hill throw a pass in a Saints uniform, and with limited opportunities, he showed why Sean Payton is so high on him. He stepped in the pocket and zipped a pass to a Saints receiver.We also saw that Taysom’s first instinct is to tuck the ball and run, which is perfectly fine as an athlete, but not the best call for a long-term Quarterback in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if Taysom is able to get time with the offensive Ones later in the preseason.Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsDown: Tom SavageThis might not be entirely fair, but Savage was largely uninspiring.He didn’t turn the ball over Limited Khairi Fortt Jersey , but he also missed a couple of open throws that you would expect an NFL quarterback to make. The offense stalled with Savage under center, and with Taysom a spark-plug in the offense when he came in, Savage will need to take a step forward next week if he wants to keep his job as Drew’s primary backup.Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsUp: Boston Scott & Jonathan WilliamsThis might be cheating to pick two Running Backs for a single up, but neither saw enough time to really stand out individually. Scott had a couple of great moments, especially in the return game, and Jonathan Williams was able to keep his legs moving and chug out extra yards after contact. If both can get more time with New Orleans starters and against opposing starters, it will be interesting to see if both can step into their respective roles (Scott as a return specialist and Williams as the third Running Back) by the start of Week 1.Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsDown: De’Vante HarrisI get that he’s standing out in practices, but when the lights come on, he’s making too many mistakes. Harris’s highlight reel is a series of Ups and Downs itself.And his first flag, he got another flag on the very next penalty.I’ve seen enough, and I think we all have. If PJ Williams is hurt, then I can see keeping Harris around, but if Williams is fine, Harris doesn’t have a spot on the roster. NFL Outlet

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