Saints News Network counts the days until the Saints’ Week 1 clash with the pack. With 52 days left until the Saints ‘2021 season kicks off, here’s a look at New Orleans’ most recent No.52: LB Craig Robertson.
Craig Robertson, 33, is entering his 10th NFL season after spending five years with the New Orleans Saints.
A true all-rounder in high school, Robertson played as a quarterback, running back, cornerback, wide receiver, kicker and punter. He chose to go to North Texas to play football and was recruited to play Safety.
After being redshirted as a Freshman, Robertson switched from Safety to LB and became a starter midway through his Redshirt-Freshman season. Robertson remained the starter throughout his college career and led the Sun-Belt in solo and total tackles as a senior. The Sun-Belt conference named him the selection of the first conference team after the 2010 season.
After the 2011 NFL Draft, Robertson did not receive any offers or invitations from the UDFA to rookie camp. The Cleveland Browns added the 6’1 LB to their practice squad in December 2011 after Robertson excelled on a try. A month later, the Browns signed him to a reserve / futures contract and competed for a spot on the team in 2012.
Robertson was in the roster in 2012 and has dressed in all 16 games as a rookie. The following season he was named a strong starter LB. Robertson would retain his starting position for the next two seasons until he became an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
The New Orleans Saints signed Robertson in the summer of 2016 on a three-year, $ 5 million contract. In his first year with black and gold, Robertson totaled 115 tackles, 6 TFLs and 2 FRs. Since 2016, there has been a steady decline in the number of Robertsons, who have found a role as a veteran special teams presence.
Former New Orleans Saints captain Robertson has agreed to a two-year extension to stay in the Bayou until the 2020 NFL season. In his time with the Saints, Robertson played 78 regular games, starting 28. The veteran LB recorded 243 tackles and recovered 4 fumbles in five seasons in the Black and Gold.
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