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Ryan Robinson: The Man Who Replaced David Bass

Ryan Robinson: The Man Who Replaced David Bass



Many Oakland Raiders fans, including me, were furious that the Raiders brass decided to cut promising rookie David Bass. During the preseason, Bass seemed to be the only defensive lineman to get after the quarterback. If Reggie McKenzie thought Bass would slip through the cracks so he could put Bass on the practice squad, he was definitely wrong as the Chicago Bears signed Bass quickly. It is still a mystery to me why the Raiders decided to release Bass but the coaching staff cites rookie Ryan Robinson’s practice performances as a reason they got rid of Bass.

Ryan Robinson was an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State. Robinson went undrafted because he had only one year as a starter where he had 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks. While Robinson’s numbers in college were not spectacular, his pro-day workout was. Robinson 4.77 40-yard dash and 9-10 broad jump would have put him in the top ten for all defensive ends in the 2013 draft. While Robinson did not have any sacks in the preseason, he did score a touchdown on a fumble recovery against the New Orleans Saints.

It still remains to be seen if Robinson can provide the same pass rush that Bass provided in his short stint in the silver and black but Robinson seems to have the athletic ability to play in Dennis Allen’s hybrid defense. The Raiders desperately need to find a pass rush this season, so hopefully Robinson has a strong season so we can all forget about David Bass.


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  1. Great insight as always Jorge. I agree, but I am still furious. Hope this isn’t going to be another one of those “come back to bite us in the butt” situations. Robinson has great potential, but just not sure he is good enough to warrant getting rid of what we had in Bass. McKenzie proved himself in Green Bay and he will either knock it out of the park with rebuilding this team or fail miserably. Raider Nation can only hope that it is the earlier. I have faith. Go Raiders!!

  2. I agree. I thought Bass was a good draft choice and evidently so did Chicago. Because he was snatched up fast! I do like Robinson, however I am like you. Some times you should stay with your first gut feeling and do not change you position. I would have stayed with my picks. But, I have faith in my Raiders.
    I do like McGloin as a QB for us. I like Pryor to, however I like McGloin’s arm more and his QB presence behind the line, his command and approach to the game.

  3. Also, I think we will surprise some teams with our play. Even though others do not give us much of a chance. But, they never have, even when we were the first team to go and win as a wildcard team in New Orleans against the eagles. And also, I would like to see us give Brian Banks a shot at LB. He was cut by Atlanta. What do you think Jorge?

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    Banks would be an interesting signing because he fits the McKenzie mold of a high motor guy who loves the game. However, the Raiders are stacked at linebacker already especially with Burris and Maiva as backups.

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