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Redskins Playbook: Rob Kelley is back to remind you he's good

Redskins Playbook: Rob Kelley is back to remind you he's good

RICHMOND—After missing team drills for three straight days, and with the growing presence of rookie running back Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley came back to the first team offense on Saturday. He immediately reminded those watching practice of the skillset that rocketed him from an undrafted player out of Tulane to the Redskins top running back in 2016. 

Kelley's vision and ability to move his feet suddenly and fluidly showed right out of the gate. Keep in mind also, Kelley knows this offense and has improved as a pass blocker. Perine is certainly a capable back, and a force at the goal line, but still needs to learn the pace and protections required for Jay Gruden's offense. 

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More news and notes below:

  • Walking boot for Preston Smith? That's not good news. The third-year linebacker is already facing increased competition from Junior Galette, and now will be sidelined at least a week and likely two with a sprained ankle. 
  • Speaking of linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan showed that he can still be a force on the outside. Repeatedly on Saturday, Kerrigan got into the backfield quick, and it seemed the Redskins D-line outpaced the Washington O-line for most of the session. 
  • Jamison Crowder returned to practice, but didn't do a lot. If he took part of team drills, he didn't make much of an impact. No sense to push it in August.
  • Stop me if you've heard this before: Josh Doctson is a beast. He could be a huge playmaker for the Redskins this fall. 
  • Saturday was Fan Appreciation Day, and the place was packed. I walked through the crowd and talked with some folks, check out this Facebook Live if you have a few minutes and also want to laugh at me. 
  • Not a great day for Nate Sudfeld. He had a late throw over the middle in team drills that was as easy an interception as we've seen in camp. Can't go late and over the middle. 
  • I said back in June that I believed the Redskins want Phil Taylor to be their starting nose tackle. It just might happen. The big man is making his way back into football shape, and on some reps, shows that he be can be a truck in the middle of the defensive line. It will be very important for Washington to measure his reps, both in camp and back in Ashburn, to maximize his performance. 

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

Through six weeks of the NFL season, it's clear who the Super Bowl favorites are.

In the AFC, it's, um, well, OK, let's do the NFC first. In the NFC, you have to watch out for — actually, nevermind, this isn't that easy.

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The Chiefs and Eagles are the only two teams standing at 5-1, but there are quite a few 4-2 squads right behind them, as well as talented 3-win teams who can take any opponent down if they bring their best stuff. That means that as the halfway point approaches, both conferences are still open races.

And those races got a lot more interesting after a fun Week 6. The power rankings look a lot different than they did before the weekend because of Week 6's results, too.

So, click the link above or below to see who's moving up and who's sliding back. Or, in the case of the Browns, who's sliding but staying in the same spot simply because they can't be dropped any further.

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

Did you guys know C.J. Beathard is related to former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard?

Of course you do, because that storyline, as well as others like the Vernon Davis fumble(?) and Pierre Garçon penalty have been talked about plenty following the Redskins' 26-24 W over the 49ers on Sunday.

But there are other angles that have been under analyzed from the Week 6 matchup. So as fun as it is to celebrate Chris Thompson's brilliance, put that on hold for a minute and think about these five discussion points.

1) A big recovery by a big man 

One of the most underappreciated plays in football is a fumble recovery by an offensive player. Most of the time, players and fans are just mad that the offense fumbled and ignore the fact that the outcome could've been a whole lot worse.

Do you remember Trent Williams falling on a Chris Thompson fumble early on the Redskins' first drive? Maybe some of you do, but plenty of others probably don't. But because Williams was aware and smothered the ball before a Niner defender could, the Redskins were able to continue their possession and eventually finish it with a touchdown.

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2) Kirk's questionable decision

Kirk Cousins provided what proved to be the game's deciding points with his fourth quarter read option touchdown. But it was an earlier run that could've been much more important, and not for the right reason.

On Washington's previous possession — which concluded with a 21-yard field goal — Cousins scrambled for an 18-yard gain, but instead of sliding at the end, he decided to take on San Fran safety Jimmie Ward. The two collided and thumped each other pretty hard, and while the QB may have earned some respect, he also said postgame that Williams immediately reminded him that he should've slid instead.

Was it entertaining to watch a signal caller try and run over a safety? Sure. But was it smart? Not at all. The Packers saw their star quarterback come out on the wrong end of a punishing hit Sunday, and the Redskins just as easily could be feeling their pain.

3) Samaje's second effort

Samaje Perine has a long way to go before he becomes the player many hoped he'd be when the Redskins snagged him in April's draft. But it was him traveling a short distance in the fourth quarter against the 49ers that was a crucial yet overlooked play.

Six snaps before Cousins' rushing TD, the rookie barely converted on a third-and-2 by pushing the pile and refusing to be brought down short of the sticks. Again, his first year as a pro hasn't been excellent, but that was one he deserves credit for.

4) A way too powerful punt

The Redskins' execution after recovering that late onsides kick wasn't just bad on offense. Tress Way's touchback was unsightly, too.

Even after Washington took a delay of game penatly to give their punter more room, Way booted his kick well into the end zone instead of forcing the Niners' returner to fair catch or giving his gunners a chance to down it. Next time, Way needs to use a little less club and force the opposing offense to start farther back than their own 20.

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5) Dunbar delivers

Perhaps because of all the injuries in the secondary, as well as an abundance of other things to chat about, a really strong performance from Quinton Dunbar isn't getting the necessary recognition. 

The visitors threw at Josh Norman's replacement often — 14 instances, to be specific — but he more than held his own, ending the contest as PFF's highest-graded 'Skin. Jay Gruden said earlier in the week Dunbar thinks he can cover "anybody, anywhere, anytime," and for the most part on Sunday, No. 47 did just that.