The Saints will be hosting free agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson today in New Orleans, sources confirmed yesterday.
Robinson, 28 years old and a six year NFL veteran, was a third round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. In addition to the Falcons, he's also played for the Rams, Cowboys and, most recently, the Jaguars last season.
Despite an impressive 2011 campaign with the Cowboys, catching a career high 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns, Robinson's production dropped to just 24 catches for 252 yards and no touchdowns after missing nine games last season due to a series of concussions while with the Jaguars.
Considering the fact that Robinson has already visited with the Jets, Dolphins, Lions and 49ers this off-season and left each with no offers, I'm not too convinced anything will come of his visit to New Orleans either. His recent history of concussions is most likely a serious cause for concern for anyone interested. Personally, I think the Saints should stay as far away as possible.
I'm actually surprised to learn the Saints are even entertaining the idea. The news of Robinson's visit just doesn't jive with anything else we've heard about Saints wide receivers this training camp. Because until now, I was under the impression the Saints were up to their ears in talented pass-catchers.
Sure, things are looking a little bleak for the Saints at the receiver position, with Joe Morgan out with an unknown injury suffered recently during the Black & Gold scrimmage and Marques Colston still on the PUP list. But if there is any position on their roster that's deep enough to withstand a couple of injury setbacks, it's wide receiver. Some have suggested Robinson would be just a camp body, but the Saints have ten other receivers on the roster, not including Morgan and Colston. How many do they need, for crying out loud!?!?
Even if Morgan's injury is more serious than we're being led to believe, I don't see how signing Robinson is much of a solution. With Andy Tanner, Saalim Hakim and Preston Parker making plays and turning heads thus far during training camp, haven't they earned the opportunity for the extra reps? I was under the impression it was "next man up" not "next man we can find." I fail to see how Robinson, a guy who's been passed on by four other teams this off-season, is going to make a damn bit of difference.
What do you guys think? No chance in hell the Saints sign this guy, right?
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