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Need to Know: An X-factor for the Redskins?

Oct 25, 2013, 7:49 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, October 25, two days before the Washington Redskins travel to Denver to play the Broncos.

An X-factor?

It goes without saying that players like Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garçon, Alfred Morris, Brian Orakpo, and Ryan Kerrigan will have to play well for the Redskins to beat the Broncos on Sunday. But they probably will need more than that. They will need someone unexpected, an X factor, to come up with some big plays if they’re going to have a shot.

How about Aldrick Robinson? He’s probably not a secret to the Broncos any more after he caught two passes for 75 yards on Sunday including a 45-yard touchdown bomb from Griffin. It was one of those plays that was easy since he was uncontested as the ball fell into his arms but still difficult because he had to track the ball after safety Chris Conte collided with him and fell to the ground and cornerback Charles Tillman just missed a leaping attempt to knock the ball down.

“We’ve got a lot of belief in Aldrick, and he does have some big play capabilities,” said Mike Shanahan. “We need to get him in the ball game a little bit more.”

Robinson also caught a Griffin pass and zipped down the right sideline for 30 yards. He touched the ball one other time but it did not work out as well as the receptions. Griffin gave him the ball on an end around but end David Bass sniffed out the play and nailed Robinson for a loss of 11 yards.

But maybe he can get to the outside on one of those runs and turn on his speed for a big run. And perhaps Griffin and Morris can freeze a safety with a play action fake for just long enough to let Robinson break free for a long pass. It could give the Redskins just the lift they need to hang with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Broncos 2; Chargers @ Redskins 9; Redskins @ Vikings 13

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Mike Shanahan news conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:15)      

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  1. alomd11 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I would love to see Aldrick on the field more and produce more, but my question is about his development. Do you see him working his way into be a slot receiver aka Welker and Santana? What does he need to do or learn to become that threat? Or are we just waiting for Santana to retire and promote Nick to that position?

    • renhoekk2 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      I think there is more that goes into a slot receiver than just small size and speed. Those guys seems to be very good route runners and are very quick in and out of their breaks. It seems AR is more of a straight line speed guy (track guy) than a shifty quick guy like Moss or Welker. I think Collins can be that guy like you mentioned.

      • alomd11 - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Thanks, Collins is who I was thinking of. Good point about the route running. I know Shanahan wanted to stretch the field and that makes sense with AR, but I was wondering/hoping he was learning the nuances of route running under Santana for the last few years.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

          renhoekk2 IMO has make a avery accurate statement about Aldrick. Aldrick is better suited in the Z position where he can avoid contact off the line of scrimmage. He showed he improved his route running in preseason but maybe not enough to play a primary role for the offense. Also the drop in Detriot I think set him back. He needs to prove he has sure hands especally with the opportunity he does get. Keim describted Aldrick nicely when he indicated that AR is more of a threat when the offense is moving well both runniing and passing. Once the defenses have it’s attention away from AR deep pass threat, big plays tend to follow for him.

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