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Is it time for the Redskins to start Samaje Perine?

Hogs Haven looks at the running back depth after two preseason games

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After a pathetic offensive showing in the first preseason game, Jay Gruden stressed improvement of the run game.

Improvements shown by the first team offense and starting running back Rob Kelley (Chris Thompson had a couple carries with first team as well):

11 rushes for 10 yards. A whopping 0.9 yards per carry. Is that good? Did they break it?

The offensive line has plenty of blame. If I didn’t know any better I’d guess they’d spent their summer training to be matadors. Or maybe they’re working on an obscure piece of performance art, called ‘Scarecrows and Trashcans.’

At least Samaje Perine came to play *with the second team. He carried 8 times for 45 yards, 5.6 yards per carry. He caught a nice pass for 29 yards as well.

It’s not like Rob Kelley is Le'Veon Bell or David Johnson. He filled in somewhat admirably when Matt Jones literally fumbled his starting gig away, but he’s not untouchable.

I think Samaje Perine deserves the start with the first team offense against Cincinnati. If he gets 1.1 yards per carry, it’ll be an improvement.


Who should start Week 1 for the Redskins?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Samaje Perine
    (912 votes)
  • 26%
    Rob Kelley
    (381 votes)
  • 1%
    Chris Thompson
    (27 votes)
  • 2%
    Mack Brown
    (36 votes)
  • 5%
    I still believe in Matt Jones
    (75 votes)
1431 votes total Vote Now