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Colts 2016 player preview: Cornerback Patrick Robinson

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason.  To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster.  Today, we're looking at cornerback Patrick Robinson.

Who is he?

After years of investing heavily in free agents, the Indianapolis Colts shifted gears this offseason.  In fact, they only made one major addition in veteran free agency, and it was to sign cornerback Patrick Robinson.  He was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida State, and he spent the first five seasons of his career with the Saints.  Last year, he played with the San Diego Chargers after signing as a free agent in the offseason.  During his six years in the NFL, Robinson has played in 74 games (starting 43) and has recorded 229 tackles, a sack, 54 passes defensed, ten interceptions (one touchdown), and two forced fumbles.  He has experience playing both on the outside and in the slot and was especially impressive last year with the Chargers.  Though he hasn't yet played a game for the Colts, he has made a good first impression so far this offseason.

What is his role?

Robinson is taking the role of number two cornerback left vacant by Greg Toler, meaning he doesn't exactly have the biggest shoes to fill.  Toler at times was too harshly criticized but the bottom line was that he didn't get the job done, often proving to be the weak link of the secondary.  That's why the Colts went out and addressed the position in free agency, and the signing of Robinson was a good one.  He can play opposite of Vontae Davis and give the Colts a reliable starter on the outside, while he can also move inside in certain situations if the Colts desire.  With a questionable pass rush the cornerbacks could play an even bigger role in 2016, and so Robinson will get plenty of opportunities to prove himself.

What are his chances?

Robinson will be the number two cornerback, playing opposite of Vontae Davis.