They also now have three first- and second-down backs with Adrian Peterson, Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine. Peterson’s age (33) and concern over his 16-game availability led to the Redskins’ keeping two backups for him, at least initially.
Trey Quinn will be the second rookie at wide receiver for Washington. He was one of eight draft picks (counting supplemental pick CB Adonis Alexander) to make the team. The only one who didn’t, RB Derrius Guice, is on injured reserve. Eight of the 10 2017 picks also made the 53. The only two who didn’t, WR Robert Davis and CB Josh Holsey, are out with injuries. Doing the math, that’s 16 players, about 30 percent of the roster. Add in undrafted rookies Sims, CB Danny Johnson, and OL Casey Dunn and that’s 19 first-and second-year players, 36 percent of the 53.
Robert Kelley will serve as Peterson’s immediate backup. Chris Thompson will serve in his traditional third-down back role. While not nearly the player of Peterson, Kelley can work in all of the same formations and situations. And so can Perine.
Doctson, Richardson and Crowder are the only three wideouts with significant NFL experience. At 26, Richardson is now the oldest WR on the team and he’s in his first year in Burgundy and Gold. Crowder is the most accomplished, with more than 2,200 receiving yards over three seasons. Doctson is the lone first-round pick out of the bunch.
After a strong preseason Settle has earned himself a shot of being a key contributor along the defensive line. He should be active every week and seek 15-30% of the defensive snaps as a rotational player. Though unlikely to find a starting role with the Redskins any time soon, he could continue to carve out a bigger role for himself.
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