Linebacker Robert Henson suffered a knee injury in the final preseason game of 2010, in what was looking like the best performance of his young career. He wound up on injured reserve and — with the consequent IR invisibility — has gone largely unmentioned as fans and pundits predict the Redskins offseason moves. But Henson — a 2009 sixth-round draft choice — is exactly the kind of unheralded young talent who could become an important contributor in the future.
One person who didn’t consider Henson invisible was blogger Brent at BroodingBurgundy.com. He conducted a wide-ranging email interview with the young linebacker that touched on a lot of things; what stuck out most to me were Henson’s goals for 2011, which manage to be both appealingly realistic AND nicely grandiose.
My goals for the 2011 season are as follows:
1) Be a force on Special Teams
2) Crack the lineup on defense
3) Show the coaches that I can be a starting LB for years to come
4) Most importantly, do whatever I can to win and bring that Lombardi to the nation’s capital
Plenty more good stuff in the link. Meanwhile, here are a few other things that are worth reading:
- Kelso Carpenter at BleacherReport suggests that the Redskins draft Alabama kicker Alex Henery as “a late-round savior,” and actually makes a pretty compelling case.
- Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald gets to the quarterbacks in his post-season roster review.
- Amid rumors that free agent safety O.J. Atogwe may be visting the Redskins. ProFootballFocus breaks down what the former Ram can contribute.
- Meanwhile, the Examiner’s John Keim asked former Redskins safety (and current National Football Post writer) Matt Bowen what Otogwe’s strengths might be.
- And, speaking of former Redskins players-turned writers, LaVar Arrington offers his suggestions for Washington’s draft — including keeping Donovan McNabb as the starting quarterback. It’s an interesting take.
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