Khiry Robinson didn't just go undrafted out of West Texas A&M. The New Orleans Saints' rookie running back also went unsigned that first weekend as a free agent.

Instead, he had to settle for a three-day tryout at the Saints' rookie minicamp -- where he was just impressive enough to earn an invitation to training camp.

Eight months later, Robinson was helping to run out the clock in the Saints' 26-24 playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Robinson had eight carries for 45 yards against the Eagles -- including three carries for 22 yards during the Saints' game-winning field goal drive.

"At that point in time, it was just all about having faith," Robinson said, reflecting back on that rookie minicamp while sitting in the victorious visitors' locker room on Saturday night. "So I didn't get drafted, I didn't get picked up, you know. But it all worked out for me. I just kept my head high, kept my faith, and kept working hard. And I'm here today to help the team win. I'm happy for that."

Even when Robinson started turning heads in training camp and preseason games with a combination of power and speed that reminded everyone of former Saints Cinderella story Chris Ivory, Robinson still seemed like an extreme long shot to make the Saints' 53-man roster.

But they didn't want to give up on so much potential, so they made the unusual decision to keep five running backs.

Robinson made a few more impressive cameos during the regular season -- appearing in 10 games with 224 rushing yards and a touchdown. Then he played an even bigger role in his playoff debut, since starter Pierre Thomas was out with a back injury.