When Pierre Garon left Sundays game in New Orleans with a foot injury, the biggest opportunity of Aldrick Robinsons NFL career hit him square between the numbers.I knew I had to step up, Robinson said of his first NFL regular season action. The game plan was to go to P a lot. So I knew the ball was going to be coming my way.Robinson caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins 40-32 victory over the Saints. If Garon is unable to suit up in St. Louis he was limited in practice the past two days Robinson could make his first career start against the Rams.Thats what youre hoping he could do because theres no doubt hes talented enough to do it, Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said of Robinson, a 6thround pick out of SMU in 2011. You never know until a guy gets thrown into that situation. Aldrick came in and we didnt miss a beat. He stepped it up, did what he was supposed to do and I was real happy for him.Robinsons second reception resulted in a milestone he wont soon forget. With the Redskins leading 10-7 in the second quarter and looking for more, the 23-year-old who spent all but one game on the practice squad last season ran a shallow slant and snagged Robert Griffin IIIs pass just as he crossed into the end zone.Then, in the third quarter, the Redskins faced a second-and-19 when Robinson made another impressive catch, hauling in a ball that was thrown slightly behind him for a 29-yard gain.Opportunities come, and you have to take advantage of them, Robinson said. That was an opportunity I knew I had to take advantage of.Just as important, Robinson has proved to himself and the coaching staff that he belongs.It was a big confidence booster, he said. It allowed me to see where I was at, and let me know that I can play on this level.
On Monday, the moon did something that probably made Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan very proud: it blocked the sun.
That's right — matched up one-on-one with one of the most feared things in space, the moon displayed great technique and a solid anchor, and in turn, treated much of the country to a thrilling solar eclipse. Hopefully, guards, tackles and centers of all ages took note of it, too.
In honor of the momentous event, let's take a look at the five most intimidating players who the 2017 Redskins will be forced to block in the upcoming season. The best part of these battles, by the way? They won't require glasses to view them.
5) Danielle Hunter (Vikings)
Hunter's name isn't as recognizable as the rest of the names on this list, but if he has another year like he did in 2016, it soon will be. The Vikings found themselves a gem in the 2015 third-rounder out of LSU, and the Redskins will see him in Week 10. He had 12.5 sacks as an NFL sophomore after six as a rookie.
4) Joey Bosa (Chargers)
A strange contract battle with the Chargers was followed by a hamstring injury during Bosa's rookie year, but neither of those prevented him from showing out in his first pro season. In just 12 games, the Ohio State product racked up 10.5 sacks, and he should easily surpass that total in a full 16-game season. He'll be the Redskins' problem in Week 14.
3) Aaron Donald (Rams)
Donald is currently staging a contract holdout and hasn't appeared at Rams' training camp. Every team on Los Angeles' schedule surely wouldn't mind if that issue carried into the regular season. Donald can wreck games on his own and has averaged 10 sacks a season through his first three years with team. The powerful defensive tackle is slated to face the Redskins in Week 2; perhaps they'll be lucky enough to avoid him.
2) Khalil Mack (Raiders)
You know you're an elite pass rusher when you record 11 sacks and it's considered a step back. That's the number of takedowns Mack had last season, after 15 the year before. The days of people wondering whether the college competition he faced at Buffalo would hinder his development in the NFL are way behind us. Now, the Burgundy and Gold are left to wonder how they will block him in their Week 3 matchup vs. the Raiders.
1) Von Miller (Broncos)
Miller's been a Pro Bowler in five of the last six seasons and posted 13.5 sacks in 2016 (and that's after not notching one in any of his final four games in the regular season, too). Kirk Cousins, Trent Williams and the rest of the Redskins' offense will have the unenviable task of handling him when the Broncos come to town in Week 16.
Following their 21-17 loss to the Packers to move to 0-2 on the 2017 NFL preseason, the Redskins announced their official depth chart Monday afternoon as they prepare for their Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Much can change between Monday and Sunday afternoon, but the official depth chart does shed light on the direction the Redskins are heading in as Week 3 approaches.
Here is a look at the Redskins' most recent official depth chart.
Redskins Week 3 preseason Depth Chart: Offense
The biggest observation from the Week 3 depth chart is obviously the return of Jordan Reed, who spent the entirety of training camp on the PUP list due to a toe injury.
Joining him as a starter in Week 3 is wide receiver Josh Doctson. Getting both Reed and Doctson on the field together is major progress and is something Redskins fans should be salivating over.
Redskins Week 3 preseason Depth Chart: Defense
The linebacker position continues to be up in the air. Will Compton and Mason Foster are listed as starters, but the job is not locked up. Martrell Spaight and Zach Brown can still zero-in on the job with a strong performance.
The Week 3 depth chart has Su'a Cravens lsited as a starter. He is a starter when he is healthy, but we know he won't be healthy enough to go against the Bengals. So yeah, this will need some updating.