November 23, 2012

Saints Add Robinson To Dangerously Thin Right Tackle Situation

With the right tackle position in emergency mode, the Saints signed familiar name free agent offensive tackle William Robinson.

With starter Zach Strief (groin) out and his replacement Charles Brown (knee) lost against Oakland, the Saints went to undrafted rookie Bryce Harris, nabbed from the Atlanta practice squad in September.  Harris played one half of the game against Oakland.

Robinson, 27, 6'5, 305, is in his fourth year in the NFL, and spent some time with the Saints, among other teams, last season.  He was with the Saints practice squad in 2011 and was promoted to the 53-man roster by the Saints in November of last season, though he did not appear in a game.  To make room for Robinson on the roster, the Saints cut WR Greg Camarillo, who has now been cut four times by the Saints in less than three months.

The Saints cut Robinson in late December 2012, and he was claimed by the Jaguars, who re-signed him for the 2012 offseason.  A rookie out of San Diego State in 2009, Robinson hopped to Washington and Seattle in 2009 and 2010.  Robinson was waived during this past preseason by Jacksonville and has been a free agent since.

Neither Harris nor Robinson have ever started a game.  Including Harris' debut on Sunday, both players combine for two games in an NFL uniform.  At San Diego State, Robinson started all four years, playing both tackle positions and left guard.

Harris, a rookie out of Fresno State and also a native of California, was a three-year starter after turning down major college basketball scholarships.  Neither player was drafted in the NFL.

Also this week, the Falcons plucked G Harland Gunn of the Saint's practice squad, signing him to their 53-man roster for at least four weeks.  Atlanta C/G Joe Hawley was suspended by the NFL for four games for unapproved Adderall use.

Replacing Gunn on the practice squad, the Saints signed rookie OL Jermarcus Hardrick.   A one-time LSU commitment who signed with Nebraska out of the junior college ranks, Hardrick, 22, 6'7, 320, was not invited to the scouting combine and went undrafted in April.  He initially was signed and went to training camp with Tampa Bay.   He was cut by the Bucs after preseason and spent some time on the Titans' practice squad this season.

Also a critical situation for the Saints appears to be cornerback, where Corey White (right knee) and Elbert Mack (concussion), the third and fifth players on the depth chart respectively, have missed practice all week.  Mack was injured when he caught teammate Will Smith's knee in the helmet against the Raiders, White was injured the previous week against the Falcons.   The Saints have three healthy cornerbacks, starters Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson and second-year Johnny Patrick.

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