Spotlight on: Washington Redskins’ Aldrick Robinson

By Greg Bradshaw
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins are heading into a critical Week 13 showdown with the New York Giants. If the Redskins can defeat the Giants, they will strengthen their chances for a playoff spot.  Washington’s offense averages about 27 points per game, which ties them for sixth in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. It is the Redskins’ offense that has kept them in most games in 2012.

The Giants’ defense will have their hands full with sensational Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. They will also have to contend with Washington’s number one ranked rushing offense, led by rookie running back Alfred Morris. Factor in wide receiver Pierre Garcon, and it’s easy to see why the Redskins have displayed such efficiency on offense.

However, the X factor for Washington’s offense is first year wide receiver Aldrick Robinson (above). While Robinson has caught only 11 passes in 2012, three of them were for touchdowns.  Two of those touchdowns were for 49 and 68 yards. That contributes considerably to Robinson’s average of 21.5 yards per catch.

This isn’t to suggest that Robinson is all of a sudden comparable to NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. He’s not even Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver Sidney Rice. Still, Robinson is making the most of his opportunity due to the injured right foot of Garcon that has limited his playing time in 2012. Considering that the Redskins’ defense is surrendering around 26 points per game, big plays on offense from any source has to be greatly appreciated.

Washington head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will need to construct a creative game plan if they are to achieve victory in their primetime showdown. New York defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will definitely be focused on Griffin III, as well as Morris.  Meanwhile, the Shanahans need to find a way to get the ball in Robinson’s hands, either in the passing game or using non-conventional methods. Maybe Robinson could be featured in the quarterback option play that Griffin III runs so efficiently. Or maybe run a reverse for Robinson.

In any event, Giants-Redskins looks like it’ll be a shootout. The Redskins have the confidence and talent necessary to win this game. While Griffin III has to be efficient to make that a possibility, Robinson will have to be equally as efficient by catching every pass within his reach. If he can handle that, then Washington’s chances for victory increase significantly.

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