- Robinson Jr. says patience paid off with Bama record
News: 19 hours agoThe Commanders designated Robinson (knee) for return to practice Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Spin: Washington will now have a 21-day window to evaluate Robinson in practice, but head coach Ron Rivera has already expressed optimism about the rookie's chances of making his NFL debut Sunday versus Tennessee. Before he sustained gunshot wounds to his right leg and required surgery after he was the victim of an apparent attempted robbery Aug. 28, Robinson appeared positioned to begin the season as the Commanders' lead option on the ground. If he's active this week, Robinson might handle only a light role behind Antonio Gibson and pass-catching specialist J.D. McKissic, but the 23-year-old should see his opportunities increase in the games to come.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Robinson was selected by Washington in the third round of April's draft. Robinson is a huge power back, who ranked at or near the top of this year's rookie class in weight (225 pounds), hand size and wingspan. He was used sparingly during his first three seasons at Alabama, but emerged as lead back in 2021, posting a 271-1,343-14 rushing line in 14 games, adding 35-296-2 as a receiver. Robinson has sufficient speed for his size and his collegiate elusiveness and tackle breaking numbers were both strong. Robinson seemed to pass Antonio Gibson on the depth chart during Training Camp, but a gunshot wound will cost him at least four weeks of the regular season. Stash Robinson on your bench or IR, if possible, as it's possible he'll be an RB2/flex option later this season.