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Should the Redskins look, what's available in trade market for running back?

Should the Redskins look, what's available in trade market for running back?

When a fourth-year pro is the most experienced player at a position group, it's clear that group lacks experience. That's the case with the Redskins at running back, where Chris Thompson is the veteran of the group and second-year man Matt Jones is the starter.

Friday night, Jones injured his left shoulder, suffering an AC joint sprain. The severity of the injury is unknown, but where the 'Skins already had questions at running back, now those issues are more prominent. 

On Saturday, CSN examined some of the running backs still available in free agency, with Pierre Thomas at the top of the list. GM Scot McCloughan signed Thomas late in the 2015 season, and the former New Orleans Saints runner gave the Redskins good play in a short stint. Additionally, the Bills released 2015 Pro Bowler Karlos Williams on Saturday, and while he might be an interesting talent, it seems unlikely he lands with the 'Skins

But if McCloughan wanted to consider a trade for a running back, what players might be available? CSN looked at a few options:

  • Spencer Ware/Charcandrick West - The Chiefs have a bounty of talent at running back, where both Ware and West have shown skill and star RB Jamaal Charles should return from injury for Week 1. In 2015, West rushed for more than 600 yards and averaged 4 yards-per-carry and Ware had 403 yards, six touchdowns and averaged 5.6 YPC. Spencer Ware started Kansas City's second preseason game, so when Charles returns, West will be a third-string runner. Perhaps he could be available for one of Washington's nine draft picks in 2017.
  • James Starks - The Packers most productive back in 2015 was rewarded this offseason with a two-year deal worth $6 million, but that doesn't mean the six-year vet could not be available. Green Bay has committed to starter Eddie Lacy, and reports show a leaner Lacy has looked strong so far in camp and preseason games. The price to trade for Starks might be high, but the guy put up nearly 1,000 total yards last season to go with five TDs. He could be the ideal complement to Jones, and carry the load if Jones' injury ends up lingering.
  • Bishop Sankey - A second-round pick in 2014, Sankey has been a bust thus far in Nashville. In two years with the Titans, Sankey has rushed for 762 yards and an average of 3.9 YPC. The stats don't pop, and neither does Sankey's film. And considering Tennessee drafted Derrick Henry out of Alabama and added DeMarco Murray, Sankey is obviously not in the long-term plans for the Titans. Sankey will certainly be available, perhaps cheaply, and while his NFL career has been a dud so far, this is a guy that showed immense talent in college. Maybe a change of scenery could give him a football revival? Stranger things have happened.

This is just a snapshot of some of the players that could be available. McCloughan and his scouting staff will look all over the league for options, and may still stand pat with the runners on the 'Skins roster. Stay tuned.

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Da'Ron Payne's first reaction after being drafted No. 13 by the Redskins

Da'Ron Payne's first reaction after being drafted No. 13 by the Redskins

Many top draft choices chose to head to the NFL Draft, hear their name be called, and get the pomp and circumstance that comes with all that is the NFL Draft. 

The Washington Reskins' No. 13 pick Da'Ron Payne was not one of those prospects. 

Instead Payne watched the draft surronded by close friends and family.

The reaction was memorable: 

Some draft picks choose not to  come for fear of slidding down draft boards, or worse not being picked in the First Round. 

So he doesn't get to meet Roger Goodell. He doesn't get a Redskins' jersey on draft night.

But this video wouldn't exist if the defensive tackle from Alabama chose to go to Dallas, Texas on draft night. 


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The Redskins fill a need with Da'Ron Payne as their first-round pick

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The Redskins fill a need with Da'Ron Payne as their first-round pick

The Redskins went into the draft with everyone talking about their need to upgrade their defensive line. And despite the presence of two other intriguing defenders on the board, they went with the big guy. 

Da’Ron Payne, a defensive lineman from Alabama, was the name that Roger Goodell read off of the card when the Redskins’ turn came up with the 13thoverall pick in the draft. 

Here is our analysis of Payne from an earlier NBC Sports Washington post about him:

Stuff the run in the middle of the line? Check. Get outside to stop stretch plays? Check. Get after the passer? Check. Yes, Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne checks all the boxes the Redskins are looking for on the D-line.

He can be the immovable object, taking on double and triple teams, and he also can chase down the quarterback. At 311 pounds he could be the Redskins’ nose tackle in base and move outside in nickel.

At 6-2, 311, the Redskins likely will use Payne in the middle of the line as their nose tackle in their base defense. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will work with him to improve his pass rushing ability. 

Payne has been talked of as the Redskins pick since early in the draft process. As the draft unfolded, it turned out that there were two defenders, safety Derwin James and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who most analysts had rated considerably above Payne, still on the board. As it turns out, the Redskins apparently made the need pick and went with Payne. 

The Redskins draft an Alabama defensive lineman for the second straight year. Last year they took Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick in the draft. 

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