BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Jets were attracted to the same thing that endeared Khiry Robinson to fans of the New Orleans Saints: His toughness.

“His toughness, obviously the way he runs the ball, how hard he runs the ball, and his toughness,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “We thought that brought us an element we didn’t have with the other guys.”

Robinson, who left the Saints during the offseason after not being tendered a qualify offer as a restricted free agent, ran for 180 yards last season before injuring his leg midway through the season. He served primarily in a reserve role behind Mark Ingram.

In New York, he’ll join a backfield that contains Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. New York lost former Saints running back Chris Ivory to the Jacksonville Jaguars during free agency.

“Obviously when Chris left he had a good year and we knew he’d be well sought after and we didn’t have as much to spend,” Bowles said. “So, we tried to get two guys to double up on that spot. With Matt being the running back that he’s been in this league for years he was on our radar screen at the start. Khiry became available because he was injured. We thought those guys would be good compliments to Bilal Powell.”