Two red zone interceptions highlight slot corner’s 2020
In 2018, Patrick Robinson returned to the team that drafted him in 2010 out of FSU in the Saints first pick as defending champions. In his first two years back in New Orleans, he only managed to play 14 games and failed to record an interception. However, in 2020, he intercepted two passes and recorded 4 passes defensed in four starts. Even though he played his best football since rejoining the Saints, he still landed on injured reserve after Week 13 and did not return until the Playoffs.
Robinson’s best game of the year was in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, a game in which neither Marshon Lattimore nor Janoris Jenkins were able to suit up due to injury. Robinson got a crucial interception in the end zone in what was then a tie game, and also had 2 pass defenses and 4 tackles in relief of Lattimore and Jenkins.
Robinson’s second interception of the year also came in the red zone, this time against the San Francisco 49ers. Robinson picked off a pass intended for Kendrick Bourne that would have pulled the 49ers to within seven points with 2:31 left in the game.
The 11-year veteran unfortunately suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out from Weeks 14-17, and was also injured again in the Wild Card game against the Bears, forcing him to miss what would ultimately be the Saints final game of the season.
When called upon, Patrick Robinson was able to perform well. However, he only played more than 49% of defensive snaps in four games in 2020, as P.J. Williams and even Chauncey Gardner-Johnson were also called upon to play in the nickel. With Robinson turning 34 years old before next season, and also entering the final year of his contract, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is not on the team past 2022.
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