Patrick Robinson adds production, experience at corner for Chargers


SAN DIEGO – Brought in to work primarily as a slot defender in passing situations, San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson has more than held his own defensively.

The 28-year-old former Florida State standout has started two of San Diego's first four games -- once for Brandon Flowers when he could not play because of a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings, and last week for Jason Verrett, who was a late scratch against the Cleveland Browns with a lingering foot issue.

“I think it’s a good fit for me,” Robinson said. “I’m doing well. But for me it’s just doing my job, to be honest. I’m trying to make it as simple as possible. Do your job, work hard, finish on plays and eventually you’re going to have a chance to make a big play.”

Robinson has played well both on the perimeter and in the slot. He has an interception and a forced fumble and leads the Chargers in pass deflections with three.

“He’s a first-round talent, and that’s the great thing about him,” Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano said. “He’s big. He’s physical. He tackles. He can play multiple positions, and it’s important.”

The 32nd pick in the 2010 draft out of Florida State by the New Orleans Saints, the Chargers were attracted to Robinson’s 5-foot-11, 191-pound frame and playmaking ability, signing Robinson to a one-year, $2 million deal in free agency.

Robinson has 10 career interceptions. He also serves as a capable backup to Flowers and Verrett, who combined have missed 14 games since last season for the Chargers.

“He comes to work every day,” Pagano said. “He takes unbelievable notes in the meeting room. He wants to do every little thing correct. If you looked up professional football player, you would see P-Rob’s face probably right next to it.”

Robinson and the rest of San Diego’s secondary will be tested by a talented Pittsburgh Steelers receiving group that includes Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant.

“He’s very dangerous,” Robinson said about Brown. “He’s one of those small guys that’s quick, and he’s very elusive on the field with the ball in his hands. ... He’s crafty and he definitely finishes with the ball.”