Robertson shifts over to out­side line­backer

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL - Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­­sider

The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins’ depth at out­side line­backer was thin dur­ing Sat­ur­day’s prac­tice, the first since their pre­sea­son opener against the Bal­ti­more Ravens on Thurs­day.

To help re­solve the is­sue, the Red­skins moved Pete Robertson from in­side line­backer to out­side line­backer to give the de­fense an­other pass rusher. The po­si­tion isn’t new to Robertson, who made the change be­cause Trent Mur­phy was placed on in­jured re­serve and Pre­ston Smith (an­kle), Ju­nior Galette (ham­string) and Ryan An­der­son (stinger) also are side­lined.

“I love rush­ing the passer,” Robertson said of his po­si­tion change. “It’s some­thing I did a lot of in col­lege. At the end of the day, I love play­ing foot­ball in gen­eral. It don’t mat­ter if I’m on kick­off, kick­off re­turn, some­where on the field. I just love be­ing in the game. I love play­ing.”

Robertson, who went un­drafted in 2016 and has yet to ap­pear in a reg­u­lar sea­son game, led the Big 12 in sacks (13) as an out­side line­backer dur­ing his ju­nior sea­son at Texas Tech in 2014. In col­lege, Robertson dis­played his ver­sa­til­ity as a de­fen­sive back dur­ing his first two years be­fore tran­si­tion­ing to line­backer for his fi­nal three sea­sons.

“At the end of the day, it’s what­ever the coach wants me to do,” Robertson, who is the cousin of left tackle Trent Wil­liams, said. “If I can do it, I’m go­ing to do it 100 per­cent. Un­for­tu­nately, we had some guys go down, which I hate that the most. But it gives me [a chance] to show them what I got, and I can prove to them that I can play out­side line­backer and in­side line­backer.”

Robertson re­ceived reps with the first, sec­ond and third teams in 11-on-11 pe­ri­ods dur­ing prac­tice. He isn’t sure how long he’ll be at the po­si­tion. For now, he’s in the out­side lineback­ers meet­ing room try­ing to re­learn the po­si­tion.

“I did pretty good [on Sat­ur­day],” Robertson said. “At the end of the day, I’ve got a lot more to learn mov­ing back to out­side try­ing to get com­fort­able and try­ing to get back to my nat­u­ral set­ting. But I’ve got a lot more to learn and a long way to go. I’ve just got to keep go­ing 100 per­cent ev­ery sin­gle day.”

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