By Adam Aniba
Second year running back Brian Robinson Jr. was the comeback story of the year last season, after being shot multiple times in the leg during an attempted carjacking on August 28, 2022.
The incident brought back memories of the tragic November 2007 night, in which Sean Taylor's house was broken into. The safety was also shot in the leg with the bullet hitting an artery, ultimately resulting in his death.
Robinson returned Oct 9. '22 vs the Titans, carrying the ball 9 times for 22 yards.
Washington has struggled to find find their identity on offense, since the 2012 playoff season in which Robert Griffin III (815 yards rushing & 7 TDs) and Alfred Morris (1,613 yards rushing & 13 TDs) combined for 2,428 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns on the ground.
It was the hope that running back Antonio Gibson would be the bell cow back for the Commanders, after being drafted #66 overall in 2020, but Robinson Jr. has assumed that role with high hopes.
The national media has chimed in with their thoughts on Robinson Jr. and the physicality he brings to Washington's run game.
Robinson has looked impressive during training camp thus far, particularly when catching the ball.
In a recent presser, Head Coach Ron Rivera mentioned that he appreciated how Eric Bieniemy was getting the running backs out in space as pass catchers.
"Robinson has shown terrific hands throughout training camp. He'll be the primary power runner, but has increased his value because of his hands and improved route running."
Expanding his ability as a pass catcher was key this offseason, but make no mistake, Robinson's ability as a bruiser is what will define Washington's run game.
Robinson caught another touchdown pass last Wednesday, after making the reception in the flat for a 5-yard score. It's clear he's worked on his route running and has recorded receptions off a variety of routes during camp.
Although they just started wearing pads this week, fans should get a better idea of what Robinson Jr. looks like at full strength during the pre-season. Also the highly anticipated scrimmage vs Baltimore in a few weeks will feature the new look run game.