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Robinson's growth has impressed Saints' coaches
Game 3: at Oakland Raiders
When: Sunday August 28th, 7 PM CDT
Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA
What I'm Watching For: Obviously, I'll be looking forward to watching the Saints' starters play two or three quarters, giving fans a truer preview of what's ahead in the regular season.
I'm also eager to see if the Saints can match their 2009 preseason game vs the Raiders in which the Saints torched Oakland 45-7, setting the stage for a Super Bowl-winning campaign. It will be interesting to see how Sean Payton rotates his RBs and utilizes the diversity of this group. Among Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, and the newly-signed Darren Sproles, the Saints' RB core will present a major headache to opposing defenses in the coming season.
Defensively I'll be watching the CB group, specifically Patrick Robinson. With Tracy Porter recovering from offseason microfracture surgery and Jabari Greer firmly established as the Saints' top CB, Robinson has the opportunity to establish himself as a starter and validate his first-round draft stock.
Also, the additions of rookie Johnny Patrick and fomer Ravens' first-round pick Fabian Washington give the Saints' secondary a level of depth unseen in the Payton era. The CB group should be an area of strength for the Saints this season.