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    • Skins Quotes 8/1: Keenan Robinson

      August 1, 2014
      Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center

      Linebacker Keenan Robinson

      On returning from injury:
      ďIím getting back to doing what I love to do. Obviously itís hard, been tough. Itís hard being away from the game for a year and a half, but for me, you know, I use that year and a half to prepare mentally. Obviously, physically, I had to rehab, which is more important, but mentally I think I gained some upside in my game, which will allow me to excel this year and thatís one thing I learned. Youíve just got to be able to take the bad with the good and persevere through any obstacle that life throws at you and my two injuries were a perfect example of that and now Iím just ready to perform, which is why the Redskins drafted me.Ē

      On practicing in full pads on Monday:
      ďIt was almost like Christmas again for me, man. Like I said, the last time I put on pads was Thanksgiving game my rookie year and that was against Dallas. Itís been a long time coming for me and obviously itís one thing to run around out here in shorts and a helmet, but put them pads on Ė thatís what football is all about. For a linebacker, being physical is very important and thatís what you want to see out of linebackers. And for me, the coaches obviously still want to see how Iím going to react in those situations and as we get into tackling, doing things like that, I can further show to them that Iím back and Iím healthy and Iím ready to go.Ē

      On if it was a memorable moment for him to put the shoulder pads on after his recovery:
      "I didnít have a surreal moment like that until we were on the field. Once I slip it on, it's like just everyday business. But once I go out on the field, start hitting, itís like, ĎOK, now I'm getting back to my old ways, man.Ē

      On if doctors talked about the odds of tearing both pectoral muscles and if they foresee any future obstacles:
      ďHe didnít. I mean, once you rehab and heal them up to how he healed them up Ė I did a very good job on the first side and I tore the other side. It would be different if I tore this side twice. He said it shouldnít happen again, but injuries happen and football is a very physical game and hopefully I donít have an issue with either one of them ever again."

      On if he thinks about his injuries while tackling:
      "It's still in the back of my mind, but as we've been hitting and doing stuff like that, I donít have any issues. I donít feel anything. I've learned to trust my body more and I'm feeling more comfortable with tackling and being out of position to where I have to reach and make plays. But like I said, once we get into preseason games and everything is full-go, I'll even build that confidence even further."

      On who leads the linebacker corps:
      ďFor the insides, itís me and Perry [Riley, Jr.]. We are the two guys that have kind of been there the longest. Obviously we brought in some veteran guys from other teams, but for me and Perry, weíve been there the longest and weíre both kind of the leaders right now.Ē

      On if practice sessions with the Patriots will bring out anything different:
      ďI think it brings out more competition, obviously for the defensive side of the ball. Itís one thing to go against our guys every day, but when we go into other players, we kind of take pride and we want to show that we are a more physical team than we practice against, which would be the Patriots. And we want to show that when Thursday comes Ė next Thursday when we play them Ė that what youíre going to get in practice is what youíre going to get in the game. We want to be able to show that we can be a dominant defense and be physical and be tough at the same time.Ē

      On being on the field with his teammates again and communicating play calls:
      ďMan, itís lovely because when I was drafted Haz [Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett] was here and I got hurt. Haz stuck with me the whole time I was coming back from my injury. So Iím loving it, the fact that we have the same defense that we had my rookie year, so I never really lost a step. It would be different if I had to come here, come off an injury and learn a new defense, but I didnít. So everything that I learned my rookie year, it still applies now, so basically it was just recalling all the old stuff and just adjusting to a few things here and there. But for me, itís not that bad, itís not that difficult. It wasnít as difficult as I thought it was going to be. Everything just came back to me soon as we got back to the field in OTAs and preseason camp, and I think Iím doing pretty well. As far as the play-calling roles go, itís just something that somebody has to do. It could have been me or Perry, but since I have the mic, the duty falls on my shoulders and Iím loving it right now.Ē

      On what fans need to do to get his autograph after practices:
      ďJust come to practice. Iím going to try to sign as many autographs every day as I can until itís time for me to go and they pull me aside, so just show up to practice.Ē

      On if he is ready for the attention that could come from being a potential starter:
      ďI donít know if youíre ever truly ready but itís something that Iíll embrace as the season and as preseason camp progresses. Itís something that I am definitely embracing because itís my duty. When everybody says Ďmiddle linebacker,í I think of leading the team, vocal leader, physical leader and on-the-field leader. Itís something that I have to do and make sure that Iím fulfilling those roles as a middle linebacker.Ē

      On what he has learned a lot about the process of becoming a starter from Perry Riley, Jr.:
      ďBasically the first thing is the coaches will not let you on the field unless you know what youíre doing, so thatís the first thing. No matter all your physical talent, you can have all that, but mentally if youíre not prepared, if you donít know the plays, if you donít know what youíre doing in every situation, the coaches will not trust you on the field. For me, like I said, it helped having the same defense that I had my rookie year and last year when I was hurt because now Iím just recalling everything and the coaches can trust me because they know I played a little bit my rookie year and itís the same defense. So they know that I know everything and they can rely on me.Ē

      On if he expects to cover more tight ends:
      ďRight now so far theyíve asked me to cover Jordan Reed one-on-one, cover the bigger tight end guys that we have like Logan [Paulsen] and thatís something I think that I can excel in just because God made me 6-3, 240 pounds and thatís just something that I can use to my advantage. So obviously I can body receivers or tight ends up better. I can run with them as well, so I think thatís something that they will ask me to do and I think I can excel at that.Ē
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Skins Quotes 8/1: Keenan Robinson started by Boone View original post
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