Part three of our New to the Nest series focuses on a key addition to the Eagles secondary this off season, Patrick Robinson.
Bio/Contract: Robinson was selected with the last pick in the first round of the 2010 draft by the New Orleans Saints. After bouncing around the league with three previous teams, he now joins the Eagles. He signed a one-year deal in late March worth $775,000.
Career: Robinson has only started in roughly 60% of the 81 appearances he has made at the professional level and has been considered a depth player in his past 5 years. His best seasons came in 2011 and 2012 when Robinson racked up 33 pass deflections and 7 interceptions with the Saints. However, Robinson played only two games in 2013 after spending the rest of the season on IR.
Last season, Robinson beat out Antonio Cromartie and Darius Butler to claim the second starting cornerback position with the Colts but struggled to stay healthy, ultimately playing in just 7 games.
Projection: It is expected that Patrick Robinson has the upper hand in grabbing one of the starting cornerback positions along with Jalen Mills to start 2017. However, because the Eagles drafted both Rasul Douglas and an injured Sidney Jones, his best long-term answer is to try to grab the starting slot corner position over Ron Brooks if he wants to remain an Eagle. Patrick will have to prove he can stay healthy. If he does, he then needs to produce in order to get an extension. It’s tough to expect Robinson returning to his 2011-2012 form.
We believe he will be average at best. Robinson may start the season, but will most likely share time with the rest of the cornerbacks in a rotation as this is the weakest part of the team. Don’t be surprised if he’s not good enough to keep his starter status by mid season.
- Part four of the series will feature the speedy Donnel Pumphrey, who most believe will turn into the next Darren Sproles in this offense.