Lions want to see more of A’Shawn Robinson as pass rusher

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A’Shawn Robinson showed off his run-stopping skills last season, but the Lions would like to see the defensive tackle improve as a pass rusher.

Robinson, a second-round pick in 2016, led Alabama with 5.5 sacks as a true freshman so the Lions know Robinson is capable. But he made only two sacks with five quarterback hurries as a rookie.

“We think we’ve got to just continue to try to accelerate him in the pass game and work on his pass rush so that he can be a three-down player for us and give us some inside pass rush,” Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s website.

Robinson became a starter late last season and ended up starting five games. He averaged 59 percent of the snaps in the final three games, including the postseason.

Robinson has spent this offseason working on his pass-rushing technique.

“He looks really good right now,” Austin said. “I think he’s really doing some good things.”

4 responses to “Lions want to see more of A’Shawn Robinson as pass rusher

  1. He had a good rookie season and looks like he’s well on his way to being at least a solid starter, but predraft, many, including I, didn’t think he looked like he’d ever be a good pass-rusher, let alone a great one.

    Not saying he won’t ever be an adequate rusher, but I’d say to the Lions not to push him to be a great pass-rusher at the expense of his run-stuffing duties – he probably can’t be. You are what you are, and he’s a 320-pound run stuffer.

    P.S. he had 7 pass deflections, so him not getting to the QB is all bad.

  2. senatorblutarsky says:
    Jun 9, 2017 8:43 PM

    The Lions could use an improved pass rush.


    The Lions could use a playoff win, only one in the past sixty years.

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