METAIRIE, La.-- Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson spenthis entire first training camp listening to defensive coordinatorGregg Williams constantly berate him.
His second camp has started much better -- less screaming andmore playing time.
Robinson, the Saints first-round pick in the 2010 draft, isworking with the first-team defense while incumbent Tracy Portercontinues to rehabilitate his left knee after offseason surgery.
And eight practices into training camp, Williams is singingRobinson's praises'
'Patrick has had a phenomenal camp,' said Williams, who notedthat he had yet to yell at Robinson. 'You know what? PatrickRobinson is speeding up Tracy Porter's recovery process. Tracywants to get back out there in a hurry because he sees how wellPatrick is doing.
'And I mean that sincerely.'
Robinson's time with the first-team defense in Porter's absenceis nothing new to him. He started four games as a rookie whenPorter missed time because of a knee injury.
But Robinson is now more comfortable, having had an entireseason in the NFL to gain experience.
'I know what to do,' Robinson said. 'And I'm not trying toover-think things. I think that's the big difference from last yearto this year.'
His comfort level has been evident, no more so than one play ina practice earlier this week.
The team was working on third-down situations and quarterbackDrew Brees set the offense up in a third-and-four, receiver DeveryHenderson split to his left.
At the snap, Robinson read the play, a slant to Henderson, andjumped the route, knocking the ball away from the receiver for anincompletion.
Robinson played in 11 games, finishing with 25 tackles. He had acareer-best eight tackles in a game against Arizona, the first gamehe started as a Saint.
New Orleans took the 5-foot-11, 191-pounder with the 32nd pickin 2010, building depth at a position that in previous seasons hadbeen a problem area.
He said that hasn't added any additional pressure, though.
'Not in my opinion,' Robinson said. 'I'm just here to doexactly what I'm supposed to do, to be honest. I'm not trying toput any pressure on myself.'
Coaches were quietly wondering what kind of shape Robinson wouldbe in once the lockout ended and, to the surprise of defensivebacks coach Tony Oden, the cornerback returned in 'tip-topshape.'
That has allowed Robinson to focus his entire attention on thefield in his second training camp, something Oden said has beenevident from the start.
'He came back and it was very, very evident that he had beenworking hard,' Oden said. 'His transition was good from day one.
He understands the defense. He understands how the defense pertainsto him and the people next to him. He's starting to think more bigpicture as opposed to just him.'
As for Williams' penchant for yelling at the then-rookie a yearago, Robinson said it only helped him.
'I think that makes me better because I know that he seessomething in me,' Robinson said. 'That's something I'm verygrateful for.'
Notes: Receiver Marques Colston missed his third straightpractice as he rests his right knee. Additionally, defensive tackleMitch King missed with a heart condition known as atrialfibrillation, an arrhythmia. . The players have Monday off, butSaints coach Sean Payton said practice Tuesday-Thursday will befrom 4-6:45 p.m.