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Robinson preps for Dallas' rush...just in case

Before Monday night, William Robinson had only seen New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck play on television. But when Stephon Heyer, the Redskins' starting right tackle, succumbed to a persistent knee injury, Robinson found himself playing in his first NFL game, lining up against Tuck.

"It was a little different," Robinson said. "I go out there, and there's Justin Tuck. I've seen this guy on TV, so it was pretty exciting to line up against him, and see these guys that I been watching play and get to go against him, so that was pretty exciting. I really enjoyed it out there. It was very fun."

Robinson, 25, became the 11th offensive lineman to play for the Redskins this season. Signed off the team's practice squad - and he had spent the preseason with Seattle before being cut - he could end up as the starting right tackle Sunday night against Dallas if Heyer's knee isn't healed. Heyer fully participated in practice Friday but is still listed as questionable for Sunday. If he can't go, Robinson could face someone else he's seen on television - Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware - with all of one game of NFL experience.

"There's really no way to replace experience," Robinson said. "Experience comes through years and years. Casey Rabach [the Redskins' center] has played tons of games. He has way more experience than I'll ever have. So I just go out there and match their tenacity, match their intensity, just know my assignments and do my job."

Zorn said Robinson did a "decent" job against the Giants, and he called him a "scrappy kid." But he also said his concern of containing the Dallas pass rush would be heightened if Robinson played just a week after the line allowed quarterback Jason Campbell to get pummeled against New York. Robinson, who played his college ball at San Diego State, said he is working with whoever can help as he prepares for the Cowboys.

"I'm talking a lot to Casey, make sure I have all my calls down," Robinson said. "If he makes a call, I know what he's talking about. Talking to Mike [Williams, the right guard], make sure we have our blocking assignments down. Talking with Stephon, he's giving me his tidbits about his experience as he's played. Just accumulate their knowledge and try to formulate it into an experience so I can go."

By Barry Svrluga  |  December 26, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
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The new Jim Lachey

Posted by: dmlopez1 | December 26, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

My take

1) Keep your thoughts in house Haynesworth.

2) Skins are 3rd in the league in sacks...Haynesworth is a difference maker.

3) Haynesworth was out of shape coming into camp, but drop the "too fat" part. Dude is like 6'6". I've seen DT way fatter than him.

4) I think this secondary gets torched against Dallas.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 26, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Smack, Is "Barclay's Premier League" a mutual
fund that can save my 301-K plan?

Posted by: League-Source


Posted by: 1965skinsfan | December 26, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Well it can't get any worse can it? Players in revolt,coach's being called out,Greg Blache is arrogant has been that way for a while, go back to the washington times article 4/5 years ago(maybe longer) front page, where Blache throws Levar Arrington under the bus this on the heels of Arrington's celebrated contract fued with "the Danny" and Blache excoriated Levar in print citing him as hard-headed,refusing to commit to the "scheme" and basically making other defensive players look bad and putting the defensive "scheme" at risk by playing lone wolf on defense. Greg Blache's defense for all it's defensive rankings is full of holes how else do you explain all the fourth Qtr. breakdowns this year and in past seasons even after Suisham missed the chip shot against NO all the defense had to do was stop the Saints,but they didn't letting them drive the length of the field for the tying score. This past Monday night was an embarrasment defensively speaking as Eli and his mates cut through Blache's defense like the perverbial hot knife through butter i am no Haynesworth fan but Blache is full of himself and with the season mercifully comming to an end it's time say goodbye to Mr. Blache.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 26, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I think January 4th will be must-see TV around here.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 26, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell,run for your life, Robinson will not protect you against Ware, so run run run, that's what Snyder wants, get you killed.

Posted by: abxinc | December 26, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Okay, first off Happy Holidays to all... back to brass tacks.

Haynesworth's biggest chunk of actual dollars comes in March as long as he's still on the roster (which he likely WILL be).

It is not like AH was simply handed the $48 million (guaranteed part of his deal) all at once.

The bigger $$$ parts are years 5-7, which are unlikely to be seen (as is) AT all...AH would be cut if he doesn't work out, or re-worked if he does.

Haynesworth hasn't tried to spend less time on the field than any other D-tackle the Redskins have had on the field under Blache's time here. Yes, he could be in better condition...but AH also played though injuries ALL year, too.

The DT rotation has ALWAYS been a part of Blache's scheme. This is why we've HEARD of Golston, Montgomery, L. Alexander, Wilson, Jackson, et al.

As for everyone b--ching about Orakpo splitting time between LB & DE look at what happened with Mario Williams in HOU.

2006, 1st year played just at DE...4.5 sacks

2007, started all games at DE, but played some OLB...14.0 sacks

2008, again started all games at DE ,still played some (but a bit less) at OLB...20.5 sacks

2009, played mostly DE...8.0 sacks

The rotation between OLB and DE is a common way to help ease rookies into playing at NFL speed.

Playing back off the line lets them see how plays develop, and to learn teams' and player's tendencies from field perspective and at full game speed.

This helps make them better DEs when the time comes to move them over to DE full time.

When you can move a guy around on D it is MUCH harder to account for him or give extra help to "chip" him.

Orakpo will be a full time DE soon enough :)

Posted by: ThinkingMan | December 26, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The new Jim Lachey

Posted by: dmlopez1 | December 26, 2009 9:47 AM

this must be a joke because jim lachey was a pro bowler before he came to the skins... and for albert hanyesworth: 1) you have helped andre carter have a career year so far and 2) shut up earn your cash and play some football...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 26, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

F Dallas !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 26, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I watched robinson specifically for about 10 plays he is quicker than heyer and didnt do bad at all. he needs to get in the weight room and gain about 10-12 lbs of muscle but he is quick off the ball he will be a better player than heyer who I hope does not play against dallas. c. rabach needs to be pulled also would rather see e. williams play center.

Posted by: wathu19 | December 27, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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