-- Second-string running backs saw opportunities to get first-team reps as well, with Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine seeing a significant amount in the rotation. Even Byron Marshall saw a couple first team reps. Notably left out of first team snaps was Martez Carter, who recently had a baby and had been absent from camp for the past couple days. Coach Gruden already articulated that he would be cautiously working Chris Thompson back in throughout preseason, stating that he would not be active during Week 1 of preseason.
“They have more of a better chemistry because they play the same position,” former Virginia Tech and current Redskins teammate Tim Settle said. “They switched out there secondary wise at Tech. They had a good chemistry because they knew what they had to do. Both of them knew what each other had to do as far as their assignment and technique...I’m sure that Adonis is asking Greg a lot of questions and I know Greg is helping him so Adonis can catch up and be up to par with everybody else.”
On playing with DE Matt Ioannidis:
”I definitely feel like to play defensive line you got to have chemistry with the guy beside you. Especially you know me and him usually pass rush together, we have to have great communication from inside-out, so I mean that definitely helps us on and off the field. But, you know, for the most part it’s about having a group of guys that you can trust and communicate with not always verbally. You know, so I feel like as a defensive line we have a really good, we have a really good friendship, you know.”
Josh Doctson will participate some today as he is slowly ramping up his activities after suffering the mild shoulder injury a few days ago. I would be surprised to see him play against the Patriots but this is one of those situations where he probably could go if it was a regular season game.
-Josh Harvey-Clemons was a safety in college, but the Redskins moved him to linebacker after they drafted him in the 7th round last season. The Redskins envisioned him in the role of coverage linebacker that they had hoped they filled with Su’a Cravens a couple years ago, though they knew they needed to let Harvey-Clemons bulk up some. As a rookie he played more than the Redskins probably intended initially, but he showed well on Special Teams and clearly earned his spot with the team. He’s added some weight this year and he looks to be even more of a fixture with this defense and special teams units this year.
I think one reason why the Redskins could go with 5 backs vs 4 is that Chris Thompson doesn’t sound like he will be 100% to start the season. Not only does that make keeping a back-up option for the 3rd down role (like Marshall or Kapri Bibbs) more likey, I think it lends itself to having more depth overall. Kelley has had a strong camp and he’s shown some ability to contribute out of the back-field and on special teams in the past, I could see him being a jack of all trades type of back.