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Redskins' Robinson trying a new approach

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Sports,NFL,Redskins,John Keim

Receiver won't waste his second opportunity

Aldrick Robinson got his first chance after the season-opening win at New Orleans. It didn't go so well: He dropped a pass at the 12-yard line and missed a few blocks.

But Robinson is about to get another chance. Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that Robinson would play more after watching his route-running improve vs. Pittsburgh.

"Just putting a lot more focus in it and trying to work on the details and little things," Robinson said. "Things that will help me do better than the last time when I had that chance. ... I didn't play as well as I wanted in the St. Louis game, but I'm grinding, and now I have another chance. ... I have to take a better approach."

Robinson, in his second season, offers speed and quickness in the open field. Keep in mind, though, that he was timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds -- the same as Leonard Hankerson. But Robinson is quicker. The Redskins could use that quickness, especially with Pierre Garcon sidelined. Robinson has averaged 14.3 yards on eight catches.

Robinson did not catch a pass against Pittsburgh, though he nearly had a touchdown catch. Cornerback Keenan Lewis had good coverage, but his right arm was holding on to Robinson's left as the ball arrived.

"I tried to scoop it, and I couldn't get to it," Robinson said. "The refs didn't make the call, but I still have to try to make the catch. It should have been pass interference."

Notes ยป According to multiple sources, cornerback DeAngelo Hall only will be fined for his verbal altercation and subsequent ejection against Pittsburgh. The Redskins have said they believe they would have heard earlier in the week had a suspension been coming. ...

Robert Griffin III called him a lumberjack, but offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had another word to describe tight end Logan Paulsen.

"He's a Neanderthal," Shanahan said. "We joke around with him and call him that because he's just big. He doesn't mind hitting people. He'll run into anything. He'll play hurt. He's just always there. ... Logan has been one of our favorite players since we've been here."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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