April 20, 2002

WR Robinson, P Johnson Star In NFL-E Action

While the excitement of the NFL Draft captivated fans across the nation, across the Atlantic Ocean, other NFL hopefuls played in NFL Europe.

Two Saints allocations to the developmental league, WR Jimmy Robinson and P Dirk Johnson, had big days for the Rhein Fire.

Robinson, an undrafted free agent with the Saints last year, caught two passes for 18 yards including a key 5-yard touchdown that put the Fire ahead in the fourth quarter.

Johnson had his own kind of big play. While punting four times for an average of 43.0 yards and one downed inside the 20, Johnson made the most of a botched snap at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

After the ball was snapped at his feet, Johnson scooped up the ball deep in his own territory, eluded would-be punt blockers and found daylight down the right sideline for a 36-yard gain. His rush was the longest gain of the game for both teams.

The Rhein went on to win the game against the Scottish Claymores 13-10.

Five plays later, QB Tee Martin (Pittsburgh) found Robinson in the end zone for a touchdown that broke the 3-3 tie.

In Berlin at the Amsterdam-Berlin game, Saints DB Tim Carter started at free safety for the Berlin Thunder, and LB Jonathan Jackson saw action as well. Carter posted three tackles. On the other side of the field, DE Jermaine Miles posted two assisted tackles.

WR Onome Ojo (groin) and RB James Fenderson (knee) have returned to the United States and aren't likely to return to NFL Europe action.

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