Once the Redskins have overcome the shock of losing the rookie who runs Derrius Guice down for the season, they'll have to figure out if they'll replace him on the list, and if so, how they'll do it.
Speaking to the freelance agency and draft, Doug Williams told reporters that the Redskins needed to revalue the running back position and underlined the point by adding, "There is no doubt that they did so by hitting Guice in the second round of the Draft in April.
Guice should be number 1 back. He had great potential and everyone – players, coaches, fans – was confident that he would have a big impact.
Now the Redskins are back to the same group that wanted to rebuild Williams in the spring. Rob Kelley started seven games last year and Samaje Perine started eight. Perine led the team with 603 yards (3.4 per carry) and Kelley struggled with injuries and crashed for just 194 yards (3.1 per carry).
Thompson had a very good year when he suffered a broken fibula that ended his season in week 11. Byron Marshall and Kapri Bibbs were obliged to replace him as the third, and both flashed some skill.
Lightning here and there is great, but no one on the list has the potential that Guice had. Should the Redskins with whom they have or try to add to the group?
There are veteran possibilities. Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles both have All-Pro honors in their CVs, but both are well over 30 with a ton of carry and none has done much in recent years.
Old friend Alfred Morris is available and he was a favorite of Jay Gruden. It seems unlikely that the Redskins would re-sign him after they let him run in the free agency in 2016, without making him a competitive bid. But between him, Peterson and Charles he would be the most likely veteran he could target.
You could make a trade if a team finds a surplus of talent. They will have 10 draft spicks in hand next year and will be able to make a deal if someone they like becomes available.
Williams and Bruce Allen were also able to keep an eye on the disclaimer as the teams hit 53 points in three weeks. The problem is the same as signing a veteran or on a trade – does the player get enough upgrades from what they have on the roster to make them worth the price?
From what we've been told, recent history has it that the Redskins are likely to go with what they have. They suffered a large number of injuries in the past year, many of them before the close, but they have not traded. They relied on unemployed veterans and younger players who had unsubscribed from the practice teams of other teams to take over the roster seats given by the 22 players injured during the season. This may have been the best way to deal with the situation, but it seems likely that they will treat the injury in the same way.
Take Kelley, Thompson and Perine and add either Marshall or Bibbs and there you probably have your 2018 Redskins running back Corps.
If you have paid attention to the recent history, there is no doubt about it.
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