Redskins: Robinson on the rise
Third-year former fourth-round inside linebacker Keenan Robinson has had an up-and-down year on the struggling Redskins’ defense. He made an impact in the first two games with one sack, three QB knockdowns and nine tackles (five of which were stops), giving him +3.1 overall grade, the sixth-best at the position heading into Week 3. However, he his form deteriorated over the next six contests, with four ‘red’ overall grades and a very disappointing -14.2 overall grade for that span.
Two of his worst performances in that stretch came against divisional rivals, the Giants and the Cowboys. Against the Giants he missed four tackles (a pair each in run defense and coverage). In the upset over Dallas he was the one who injured Tony Romo’s back on an unblocked blitz, but continually lost battles with the Cowboys rushing attack.
Although Washington hasn’t won a game since that Dallas thriller, Robinson bears little blame. Since then he has 13 stops, the sixth-highest Tackling Efficiency rating (26.0), fourth-best Coverage rating (0.5 Yards per Cover Snap), seventh-best overall grade (+4.4) and the most QB hits (four) among his starting ILB peers. How will he fare in the final month of 2014?