Jul 25, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson (52) walks onto the field for opening day of 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Can Keenan Robinson become a starter in 2014?

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The Washington Redskins have a big hole at inside linebacker with the retirement of the great London Fletcher.  Fletcher was not only a pro bowler, but was also the unquestioned leader of the Redskins defense.  However, the Redskins do have options there to try to replace Fletcher at ILB, and one of those options is third year man Keenan Robinson.

Ever since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, Robinson has impressed with his size and athleticism.  He has flashed play making potential, and has abilities that the Redskins have lacked consistently at inside linebacker for a while now.  But so far through his brief career Robinson either hasn’t been able to stay healthy, or hasn’t been consistent enough to make an impact.

However, that may be changing this season for Keenan Robinson, because with Fletcher gone the opportunity will be there, and the competition to lineup next to returning starter Perry Riley will be very fierce.  Robinson has suffered torn pectoral muscles in each of his first two seasons, and this more than anything else has hindered his development.

But if he can find a way to go injury free in 2014, things just might fall into place for the talented linebacker.  The Redskins are in need of playmakers in defense and on special teams, and if ever there was a time for Robinson to shine it’s now.  The talent is there, and if Keenan Robinson can stay in the lineup, he could emerge as a surprise in 2014 for the Redskins.

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  • Adam Banig

    I’m really, really hoping for this. He has good size, Most importantly he has good height which we’ve lacked at ILB and he’s very athletic and good incoverage which is down thing we’ve also lacked at ILB. I love fletch but he could never compete etch the height and athelricsm of the NFL’s best TEs. Riley is ok at it because he’s athletic but doesn’t have the height. Keenan does have height and experience from his college days of covering TEs, running backs and even slot receivers he said.

    If he wins the job and plays well as a
    Starter, our pass defense should be much improved

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      I agree. Robinson has the ideal size and athleticism at inside linebacker. If he can ascend to becoming a starter, then it would be a positive impact on the defense as a whole.