Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Patrick Robinson ran upfield.
And then he cut back to his left.
And then he cut back to his right.
Eventually he was brought down but the most important thing to the second-year Saints cornerback is that he had recorded his first career interception.
The whole running after the catch thing can come later.
“I was showing man and then we played Cover-2,” Robinson said. “He threw it right to me. On the run, I don’t know what happened on the run.”
Robinson’s interception was a big play in New Orleans’ 23-10 win over Jacksonville on Sunday.
New Orleans (3-1) took over and scored a field goal, lengthening the lead from seven points to 20-10 on a 39-yard John Kasay field goal.
But it came at a big time.
The Jaguars (1-3) had moved from their own 20 to the Saints’ 39 on first down when running back Maurice Jones Drew burst through the middle for a 41-yard run.
On the ensuing play, Robinson gave a glimpse of what was about to come – he stopped Deji Karim for a two-yard loss.
Two plays later, Robinson made the play, fooling Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert with pre-play tomfoolery.
“He hadn’t seen a lot,” said Robinson, who also finished with two passes defensed. “I was showing man and changing it and I think it made a difference in this game.”
Fellow cornerback Jabari Greer was happy to see his teammate come through with the interception.
“Pat has been working so hard,” Greer said. “It’s so good to see his hard work pay off. He has been taking a lot. I’ve heard and I’ve seen a lot of criticism come his way so for him to be able to see his effort and hard work pay off, it’s gratifying for me. I know it is for him.
“I told him how proud I was of him to see him step up in a game like that and capitalize.”
The Saints all but shut down Gabbert, giving up just 196 yards passing with a touchdown and the interception. They sacked him three times and had him running away from pressure constantly. He finished with a 51.3 quarterback rating.
“We knew it would be big to hit any quarterback, but especially rookie quarterbacks because most rookie quarterbacks kind of panic a little bit,” Saints defensive end Will Smith said. “We didn’t think he panicked, but it may have forced him to throw the ball quicker than he wanted to.”