Sunday, February 9, 2014

Redskins Re-sign Two

(Robinson will have to show that he's more than the occasional big play to stay in DC. Photo: Johnathan Newton/WP)
This past week, the Redskins began free agency by starting extension negotiations with five current players (DeAngelo Hall, Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, Chris Baker and Santana Moss) who's contracts will expire/void prior to or at the start of free agency. They also re-signed two Exclusive Rights Free Agents in Aldrick Robinson and Doug Worthington. More or less, this was a done deal from the get-go. ERFAs can only negotiate with the team that holds their rights. So unless the Redskins released either player, its either re-sign with the team or be out of the NFL.

Both deals are for 1 year.

Robinson Returns......
Robinson is pretty well known amongst Redskin fans for his speed and some of the bigger plays he made in 2012. He made a couple of big catches in 2013, but may be remembered for a huge drop he had against the Lions that may have changed the outcome of the game. Robinson finished 2013 with 18 catches for 365 yards and 2 TDs.

What will be key for Robinson this season is to show that he's more than an occasional big play threat. Robinson ended 2013 with an opportunity for more playing time because of the LCL tear to Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan being in Mike Shanahan's doghouse. In the final three games of the season he had 8 catches for 146 yards and showed an ability to run intermediate routes and make plays.

Based on his time with the Bengals, Jay Gruden tends to go with larger WRs (of the current Bengals roster only 1 WR is shorter than the 5-10 Robinson), so it'll be up to Robinson to show that his blazing speed can be used on shorter routes to cause separation and that he can be a valuable asset to the Redskins or he'll be looking for a new team in 2014 (or possibly sooner).

Worthington Redskins Worthy?
(Photo: Al Bello/Getty)
Doug Worthington was one of the injuries that you didn't remember from 2013 that started a huge ripple effect on the D-line last year. Worthington tore his biceps tendon during OTAs which along with Adam Carriker's setback (tendon) and Jarvis Jenkins' suspension turned a rather deep unit into a unit that had to bring in former 1st rounder Phillip Merling and convert NT Chris Baker to a DE in order to have depth.

By the end of the season, the D-line had significant struggles stopping the run and collapsing the pocket.

While I have no expectations that Worthington will fix all of these problems, he has been with the team since 2011 and understands Jim Haslett's schemes. Worthington should provide some depth at the position and can occasionally cause pressure on the opposing quarterback and contain the run.

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