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Commanders urged to use Brian Robinson Jr. more

There were very few bright spots from Sunday's demoralizing defeat against the Buffalo Bills. However, running back Brian Robinson Jr. once again caught the eye when called upon.

The former third-round selection gained 70 rushing yards from ten carries. Despite this decent output, the Washington Commanders decided to focus more on the passing attack rather than set the tone running the football and take the heat off Sam Howell, even when the contest was out of sight.

This was a leading factor in their demise, especially considering how well Robinson was generating yardage during the opening exchanges. Something that was brought up by David Harrison from Sports Illustrated, who called for Eric Bieniemy to start utilizing the former third-round pick out of Alabama more moving forward.

"60 percent of Robinson's official touches gained five yards or more and only two gained fewer than four. Why the Commanders opted to not help their young quarterback more by using a running game led by Robinson that was having very positive impacts on the game is not known. What is known is the approach taken didn't work, and it resulted in the first four-interception performance by a Washington quarterback since Kirk Cousins did it in 2014 and came just one sack from tying the franchise's all-time record of 10."

David Harrison, Sports Illustrated

If the Commanders want to stand any chance of beating the 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles on the road in Week 4, they need to establish the run. So it would be a huge shock if Robinson didn't feature heavily.