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."
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