Redskins notes: Keenan Robinson wins NFC defensive player of week

ASHBURN, Va. -- A few nuggets from Redskins Park on Wednesday:

  • Linebacker Keenan Robinson was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his 14-tackle performance against Tennessee. Robinson and players such as cornerback Bashaud Breeland give Gruden hope for the future. “As a young player, you go through some rough patches, but when you play through it, you can see the progression of these guys. Breeland had a good game the other day against Tennessee also. So these young players are getting meaningful reps – that ones that continue to get better and better are the ones that are going to be special-type players and I hope that for Keenan. He had a great game.”

  • Receiver Leonard Hankerson said he feels “100 percent” and that his surgically-repaired knee has had no swelling since his return. It’s uncertain when he’ll be activated to the 53-man roster, but Hankerson said he’s ready. “I have teammates coming up to me and telling me how good I look,” Hankerson said. “I feel good. Like I said, I’ve been out moving around, working every day catching passes before practice, after practice. Timing-wise, there’s nothing holding me back.”

  • Linebacker Trent Murphy called it a huge leap that he’ll be making this week, going from backup to full-time starter for the injured Brian Orakpo. But he said the benefit is, “I know what to prepare for, whereas before I wasn’t quite sure when I’d be in for sure. I’d always have to be ready. Now I know so it’s no surprise and I can prepare accordingly.”

  • Murphy also said he’s still adjusting to the NFL. “A lot of things,” he said. “But no hesitation and playing fast and disruptive. I knew how fast the game would be and that’s where my improvement needs to be, always playing fast with no hesitation.”