Question marks continue to surround the 2014 Washington Redskins‘ defense, but none are directed at the LB corps. The Redskins are loaded at linebacker, especially with Keenan Robinson digging in behind the defensive line.
The retirement of 16-year vet London Fletcher left a glaring hole in the middle of Washington’s defense that required repair entirely too long, and thanks to multiple pectoral muscle tears, Robinson hasn’t seen FedEx Field in a game that counts for almost two seasons. But the third-year player powered his way through Washington’s first preseason game suffering no setbacks — at least that we know of.
The man is projected to wear out opposing offenses early and often this season, while decking would-be ball carriers.
Robinson should fortify the Redskins’ defense, which hardly made an impact last season; in fact, its still undetermined if they were even on the field. In the preseason game against the New England Patriots, Robinson decimated the opposing offensive line, rocking freshman signal caller Ryan Mallett and making a statement to his would-be protectors. Coaches also observed that Robinson displayed world-class sideline-to-sideline range and played an instrumental role in frustrating the Patriots’ otherwise electric ground game.
Redskins coaches are raving about Robinson’s ridiculous potential. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and first-year head coach Jay Gruden are aware that they have a pearl entrenched in the defensive ranks. And given time, Robinson is going to pose a serious problem for even the league’s most lethal offenses — provided he can stay healthy, that is.