By: Patrick Waring
Like most fans, you may have been busy trying to keep up with all that has been going on in the world of sports this summer. The NBA offseason, success of the USWNT, and the halfway point of the MLB season, to name a few, have given us more than enough to be entertained with. With constant news and highlights, let’s not forget that NFL teams are about two weeks away from starting training camp. Another year of action, drama and storylines are right around the corner.
The Washington Redskins will be opening up camp in Richmond, VA on July 30. As usual, there will be plenty to discuss and report from Dan Snyder’s football team. Will Robert Griffin III be healthy and ready to run the offense? How will second year coach Jay Gruden adjust? Was the fifth overall pick a smart choice by first year GM Scot McCloughan?
McCloughan is well respected and a veteran in the game, but is spending his first season in Washington. He surprised some by drafting Iowa OT Brandon Scherff, but set the tone on rebuilding the roster. Tough, physical and nasty. A large part of RGIII and the Skins’ offensive success will depend on the line, and he wasted no time in addressing that.
There were also additions made on the defense. Competition and depth were added in the secondary and with their second round pick, the Redskins drafted Mississippi State LB Preston Smith. But the key to success on defense could come from someone that was already on the roster.
LB Keenan Robinson took full advantage of health and opportunity last season. The third-year pro showed everyone what he was capable of bringing to the field week after week. Selected in the fourth round of the 2012 Draft out of Texas, Robinson saw limited action his rookie year and his season ended due to injury in Week 12. Another injury forced him to miss the entire 2013 season. 2014 proved to be different as he began healthy and was named a starter. Robinson started 13 games, recorded 134 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and one interception.
Robinson brings a combination of speed and strength to a defense that will be looking to improve and create ways to get the ball back in RGIII’s hands. He will also be looking to take more of a leadership role
Big things should be coming from Robinson this season. With a very solid campaign last year, he will be looking to bring more to the table in 2015. If last year was a sign of things to come, Robinson should not dissapoint fans at FedEx Field and should make lives miserable for the rest of the league.
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