Last year, the Washington Redskins running game was significantly below average. Incumbent Alfred Morris was the team's leading rusher, running for 751 yards and a 3.7 yards per carry average. Rookie Matt Jones was even worse, totaling just 490 yards, and a 3.4 yards per carry average. The duo combined for just four rushing touchdowns(3 for Jones and 1 for Morris). To put this into perspective, Kirk Cousins scored five times on the ground in 2015.
So, what can the Redskins do to improve their running game in 2016?
The obvious answer is to get better up front. The Redskins young offensive line has talent, but they lacked chemistry last season, with four of the five players for the majority of the season being first time starters. The second year under offensive line guru Bill Callahan should help tremendously, as should the bond these guys are able to carry over from last season. There may be a new starter at one position this fall, but even that guy could be someone who has started previously for the team(maybe even a player who is making a position switch). Regardless of who's playing where, the unit boasts impressive size, averaging around 6'5" 325 at guard and tackle. This size, combined with a season already in the books under coach Callahan, should help to improve the running game.
The second part of this possible answer could be to bring in a veteran running back to help the unit out. Many believe Matt Jones has what it takes to be a bell-cow back for Gruden's offense, but his 3.4 average and four fumbles lost certainly lend to his detractors. Behind him sits third year pro Chris Thompson, who is more of a third down back, second year pro Mack Brown, and rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley. Only two of these guys have seen regular season action.
Who could be a good veteran option at running back for the Redskins this season?
Below are a list of some possible candidates, with their age in parentheses:
Pierre Thomas(31): Thomas should be first on the list here, as he was with the Redskins last season, and already knows the offense.
Arian Foster(29): Foster has not been healthy in what seems like an eternity, but when he is, he's a weapon on the field.
Joique Bell(29): Bell had some nice seasons in Detroit, with his best coming in 2015 when he rushed for 860 yards and 7 touchdowns and caught 34 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown.
Dan Herron(27): Herron spent 2012 in Cinncinatti, where he learned Jay Gruden's offense. He's capable as a runner and receiver posting career bests in both categories with the Colts in 2015 - 351 rushing yards, and 173 receiving yards.
Knowshon Moreno(29): Moreno has injury concerns, but says he is fully recovered from his latest(an elbow injury). His chances for a comeback are far greater than if he was dealing with another knee injury.
Who, if anyone, from this list do you like? Is there anyone else you would add?