The Washington Redskins’ backfield is the epitome of inconsistency. Last season, head coach Jay Gruden seemingly gave the lead running back role to Matt Jones after his strong finish to the 2015 season. To say he under-performed was being polite. Jones finishes he year with a mere 460 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The ‘Skins then replace Jones with Robert Kelley. He plays admirably, totaling 704 rushing yards and six touchdowns. But it seems Gruden isn’t sold on Kelley for the future.
So the question now becomes, who is the running back of the future for the Redskins?
The answer is Samaje Perine.
Perine was recently selected by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. During his time in college, he finished his career with 4,122 yards rushing and 49 touchdowns. As a true freshman, he broke the single-game rushing record with 427 yards. Throughout his collegiate career, Perine has displayed a combination of speed and strength. As the draft process went on, more and more scouts went as far as comparing him to former Falcons running back Michael Turner.
If you aren’t convinced about the new Washington Redskins running back, maybe Gruden can and those who watched him this past weekend can. “You see him out there running around – were you impressed?,” said the head coach to a group of reporters this past weekend (one of which said yes). “Yeah, so was I.
“I like guys that come in here and love football and he does, and he’s a very smart guy,” explained Gruden. “You can tell that he’s going to be a very hard worker. And of course he runs hard…He’s got good vision, he’s got good feet in the hole and he caught the ball well.”
So far, based on several reports, Perine is making a good impression. If he is able to carry this momentum into training camp, one can assume that Perine will be competing with Kelley for the starting running back position for the Washington Redskins this summer.