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A pair of 1,000-yard rushers for the Redskins?


A pair of 1,000-yard rushers for the Redskins?

The Redskins are on pace to run the ball 500 times this year, a substantial increase from their 401 rushing attempts last year. This is a very early projection at this point in the season but the fact that they have run the ball 94 times in three games is not a fluke; it has been part of the plan all offseason.

A 500-attempt season would not be anywhere close to a team record. That came in the 1983 season when John Riggins, Joe Washington, and a few assorted others carried 629 times. More recently, Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III led a rushing attack that carried 519 times.

But one thing that the Redskins have a chance to do that they never have done before is have two 1,000-yard rushers in a season. Through three games, Morris has 199 yards rushing and Jones has 189. Over a 16-game season those totals project to 1,061 yards for Morris and 1,008 for Jones.

Having a pair of backs go over the thousand-yard mark is unusual in the NFL but not unheard of. The last time it happened was in 2009 when Panthers running backs Jonathan Stewart (1,133) and DeAngelo Williams (1,117) did it. It’s happened two other times in the last 10 years with the 2008 Giants getting Brandon Jacobs (1,089) and Derrick Ward (1,025) there and the 2006 Falcons doing it with running back Warrick Dunn (1,140) and quarterback Michael Vick (1,039).

Since 1970 the Redskins twice have had players rush for over 750 yards in a season. In 1983 it was Riggins (1,347) and Washington (773) and in 2012 it was Morris (1,613) and Griffin (815).

A thousand-yard season is a nice milestone but it’s not really special in the era of 16-game seasons. Since 2010 between 13 and 17 players rushed for over 1,000 yards each season. A player only has to average 62.5 yards per game to get there.

But getting two players over a thousand would be a solid accomplishment for a team. And such an accomplishment generally indicates team success. The six teams that have done it averaged 10 wins during those seasons.

There is a long way to go and a lot has to happen for Morris and Jones both to get over 1,000 yards rushing. Primary among those factors are health and the team staying competitive in enough games to be able to keep the running game in play. But it is something to keep an eye on as the season moves along. 

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.


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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.

Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.

As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.


Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.