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.