The last time anyone outside of the New Orleans Saints facility got a glimpse of Patrick Robinson in uniform, the image wasn't pretty.

Robinson's knee crumpled underneath him while trying to make a play on the soggy grass of Raymond James Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last September. He was carted off the field in agony with an injury to his patella.

Robinson's injury put a screeching halt on a fall that had already started tentatively. He started training camp on the physically unable to perform list after sustaining a different injury in minicamp. He missed the first two preseason games before returning to play the end of the preseason.

In between, he showed flashes of what the Saints once saw when they decided to take him with the No. 32 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

Robinson got situational playing time against the Atlanta Falcons and only four snaps against the Buccaneers before his season ended in the third quarter.

"It was terrible to see him go down last year last year, we lost a lot of depth," said third-year cornerback Corey White.

Robinson is now facing a contract year in a loaded roster full of cornerbacks. Not only is there Keenan Lewis and White, but also free agent Champ Bailey, 2014 second round draft pick Stanley-Jean Baptiste, second-year player Rod Sweeting, and a slew of others.

There are 11 cornerbacks on the 90-man roster. It's the most loaded position next to wide receiver, which also has 11 men. Last year, five players made the team at each position during the initial cut to 53.

The cornerback situation is even more complicated when considering the No. 1 spot is locked down by Lewis.

That leaves only one starting spot open for a crowded backfield of players.

"We're loaded at corner, but that's a good thing, we don't want to be in a situation like last year when we had four DBs go down," White said.

But whether Robinson can contend for that starting spot, a utility nickel cornerback role, or as an extra body in the group is a long way off.

Despite the accrued years next to his name, he still has everything left to prove.

Outside of a select few, the offseason is critical for players desperate to make an impression.

There's no doubt Robinson remains in that group.