Washington Redskins inside linebacker Keenan Robinson addressed the media after practice yesterday and was asked about the team getting the chance to practice against the New England Patriots next week and Robinson stated:
“I think it brings out more competition, obviously for the defensive side of the ball. It’s one thing to go up against our guys everyday, but when we go against other players we kind of take pride and we want to show that we’re a more physical team than the one we’ll practice against, the Patriots.
We want to show that you know when Thursday comes, next Thursday when we play them that this is what you’re going to get in practice, is what you’re going to get in the game. We want to be able to show that we can be a dominant defense and be physical and tough at the same time.”
It’s good to see Keenan Robinson stepping up and being a leader. He’s a new starter on the defense, but he’s essentially playing the spot that London Fletcher played for many years, so leadership is expected. No one expects Robinson to be the leader that Fletcher was, as Fletcher was the leader of the team.
But the Redskins will need young leaders to step up, and Robinson is a good candidate for that. He’s hungry and out to prove himself. As for the Patriots, the Redskins can set a tone for their season by competing hard against a perennial playoff team like them. And you don’t want to be out-physicaled on your own practice field by another team.
So Robinson has the right mind-set in wanting to try to be dominant even in practice and a preseason game against the New England Patriots.