Patrick Robinson a Major Bright Spot in Eagles Secondary
The injury to Ronald Darby means that Philadelphia Eagles had to depend more upon Patrick Robinson.
According to Pro Football Focus, that’s a very good thing given how well Robinson has played this season, the website ranked him as the top cornerback in football through the first five weeks of the season.
"Yeah, Patrick's really come on and when we picked him up in the off-season and brought him in, we wanted just added depth to our roster at the position," admitted Eagles head coach Doug Pederson today.
"We had some young guys at the time, and this was kind of before the draft, too. But his versatility right now being able to play the nickel spot and also bounce out and play corner, which he did in the second half of the game last week, I think it's just a lot of value on defense."
Robinson is in his first season with the Eagles. The former first-round pick is on his fourth team since being drafted by the Saints back in 2010. He has 10 career interceptions and was considered a candidate to be released in 2017, but entering tomorrow night’s game he has been the Eagles best cornerback.
"Patrick's been playing really good football," Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Tuesday.
Robsinson has one interception and has broken up seven passes this season playing primarily in the nickle role. Robinson had his hands on a couple of passes in the game on Sunday against the Cardinals and even admitted he should have had at least one interception if not more.
“To be honest, I should have caught at least two, but those receivers were getting their hands in there," Ronsinson said after the game on Sunday. "As you could see on the replays the receivers were actually getting their hands in there and knocking the ball out.”
Darby has been ruled out again for tomorrow night's game against the Panthers after suffering a ankle injury in Philadelphia’s Week 1 victory against the Redskins.