TRADING SPACES: Khiry Robinson

By Alan Satterlee, DFW Senior Writer and Co-Owner, @Speedkills_DFW


An undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M, Khiry Robinson‘s tough running (and lethal stiff arm) has kept him afloat for what will be his fourth NFL season coming up this year. I’ll admit, Robinson has been on my sleeper lists in year’s past, particularly last year, and I was sure to draft K-Rob late last year as a handcuff to Mark Ingram. Robinson, however, also has had a tough time staying healthy and his 2015 season ended in Week 8 when he suffered a fractured tibia (you may remember that game as it was a wild, fantasy-feast of scoring as the Saints won that game 52-49 over the Giants). Robinson showed some growth over time including an increasing reception total to 17 last year and having a career-best four touchdowns last year as well. Many would have thought that the Saints would tender Robinson as a low-end restricted free agent, but they instead decided to let him walk. Coincidentally, Robinson will take his talents to the N.Y. Jets, following in the footsteps of Chris Ivory (although the Saints traded Ivory to the Jets in exchange for a 4th round pick). Robinson could make up to $1.175 million this year, but he is guaranteed just $80,000 (his signing bonus). The rest of Robinson’s contract consists of his 2016 base salary ($675,000), a workout bonus ($50,000), a roster bonus if he’s on the 53-man roster for the first game of the season ($20,000) and then a pay-check of $21,875 per game if he’s on the 46-man game day roster each week.



YearTeamGamesGames StartedRush AttRush YardsYPCRush TDRecRec YdsRec TD
2015New Orleans Saints80561803.24171150
2014New Orleans Saints103763624.838630
2013New Orleans Saints100542244.11000


Krob2b What way better to breakdown a fan-favorite (he was in New Orleans anyway, and I know I liked his hard running style), then to see what the bright minds at Madden football has to say. In Madden 16, Robinson was rated as the 59th-best running back in the software based on his Overall Rating (74), so Robinson was about average. He got a 91 on Accelerate, so he gets up to speed quickly (yes indeed – Robinson hits the hole hard), Robinson got a solid 85 on Trucking Skills (yup, Robinson has some power) and an 84 for Stiff Arm (they are selling him short there!). Robinson got just a 62 on Elusiveness, which is fair as Robinson isn’t a back who is going to juke or make defenders miss. All that said, Robinson is a fair NFL back-up who can bang on defenders. Obviously with the talent the team has at running back and the relatively big contracts that they gave out to Matt Forte and Bilal Powell what will be left for Robinson will be to fend for some scraps at the table. However, Robinson could be a back that gets some goal line work for the Jets — in particular, that has never been a strength of Forte and Chicago often had spelled Forte in this area throughout his career. Robinson isn’t likely to see any passing-down work between Forte and Powell, who both excel in this area.


Robinson’s biggest rival for touches and for the RB3 spot on the Jets will be against Zac Stacy, although I would think there is a chance that the team ends up releasing Stacy eventually (Stacy’s 2015 season also ended on injured reserve, for Stacy it was because of a broken ankle). Robinson provides good insurance for the Jets as he could be the backup to both Forte and Powell — Robinson very well could start if Forte were to get hurt (leaving Powell in the passing back role) and if Powell were to get injured, Robinson could then be the teams spell to Forte in games and/or he is capable of chipping in on passing plays as well.


For the Saints, it’s time for a new back added to the cupboard as they’ve replaced Robinson with Daniel Lasco on the roster. Lasco had a significant drop in production in 2015 in college at California, but he shined at the 2016 NFL Combine with good scores in the Forty (4.46 seconds, fourth among running backs), Bench Press (23 reps, seventh), Vertical Jump (41.5”, first), Broad Jump (135”, first and best among RBs all-time), 20-Yard Shuttle (4.26 seconds, sixth), and 60-Yard Shuttle (11.31 seconds, second). Still, Lasco fell to the 7th round despite the combine performance. If he can stay healthy, Mark Ingram is set up to have a career season. With 15 TDs in his last 25 games, Ingram has turned into a touchdown fantasy asset, and Ingram has also turned huge in PPR scoring as well (with 50 receptions in 12 games, Ingram was on pace for nearly 70 receptions last year) — which isn’t something you would have though after Ingram’s first few seasons in the NFL. The Saints re-signed RB Tim Hightower and he’ll serve as the handcuff to Ingram, and then there is still disappointing C.J. Spiller on the Saints’ roster (and who knows, maybe Spiller will rise from the dead although that seems unlikely, but he will make over $3M this year).