The Jets, in running back mode at the start of free agency, have signed fourth-year RB Khiry Robinson, who became a street free agent Wednesday.
Robinson (6'0", 220) was signed by New Orleans as a free agent out of West Texas A&M after a successful tryout at the Saints' rookie minicamp after the 2013 draft.
He played in 28 games (three starts) over the past three seasons with the Saints with 186 carries for 766 yards (4.1 yards/carry) and eight touchdowns and 25 receptions for 178 yards (7.1 yards/catch). He was on track for his best pro season last year before he suffered a tibia fracture in Week 8 vs. the Giants and was placed on injured reserve.
RB Joins the Jets
Pro Football Focus noted one of Robinson's strengths as making tacklers miss. As PFF tweeted today, Robinson has made 0.24 tacklers miss per carry since '13, second best in the NFL behind Marshawn Lynch.
Robinson also has shown great character in overcoming a troubled past and a crazy college career that included stops at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Minnesota, Blinn College in Texas, and West Texas A&M.
"I mean, everybody's been through something," he told ESPN.com in 2014. "It was a matter of just having faith and being strong. You've got to get through it. You can give up and end up nowhere, or you can keep going and end up where I'm at."