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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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Redskins cut Breshad Perriman, promote Kapri Bibbs

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Redskins cut Breshad Perriman, promote Kapri Bibbs

After the Redskins signed receivers Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman earlier this week, many wondered how long the team would carry seven wide receivers on the 53-man roster. The answer turns out to be not very long at all.

The Redskins have announced that they released Perriman today. He was a first-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2015 and was touted as a rare combination of size (6-2, 215) and speed (4.24 in the 40 at his pro day). But a variety of injuries derailed his career before it got started. Baltimore released him on September 1 and he was a free agent until the Redskins signed him on Monday.

What this week amounted to was a three-day competition between Floyd and Perriman for one roster spot. The Redskins liked Floyd, who has had a more productive NFL career than Perriman, and they made the move.

Floyd is likely to be inactive tomorrow when the Redskins host the Packers. They then have a bye and will see if they can get him involved in the offense when they play the Saints on October 8.

As a corresponding move, the Redskins promoted running back Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. He was very close to making the team when they did the final roster cuts, but he was caught in a numbers game. He will take the running back spot vacated when Rob Kelley was moved to injured reserve earlier this week.

Bibbs likely will join Floyd on the inactive list tomorrow. He is considered to be a third-down back and as long as Chris Thompson is healthy, Bibbs is unlikely to see much action.

Updated at 4:50 pm

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When he returns to action, Samaje Perine intends to be a more aggressive runner

When he returns to action, Samaje Perine intends to be a more aggressive runner

Making the 53-man roster is an important step for any young player in the NFL. Once that accomplishment is checked off, though, the focus turns to being a part of the 46-man game day roster each week.

Second-year running back Samaje Perine took care of the former on Sept. 1, yet in the two games the Redskins have played since that date, he's found himself on the inactive list. 

But with Rob Kelley now on IR and just two healthy RBs available, it looks like Perine will be one of the 46 this Sunday when the 'Skins host the Packers. That beats wearing sweatpants on Sundays, even if you try to make the best of that like Perine has.

(Update: The Redskins promoted RB Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad so they now have four running backs on the 53-man roster)

"I wouldn't say it's tough," he said Friday. "It's a learning experience."

Washington's leading rusher in 2017 explained that Kelley, Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson have kept him involved and asked him questions these past few weeks. He's been paying close attention to their play as well.   

Was that the right cut to make? Should they have pressed that run a little more? These are the kinds of things he's been thinking of on the sidelines.

"I still feel just as much a part of the game, as if I'm still playing," Perine said.

And there's one detail in particular he's picked up from Peterson.

"Picking a hole and hitting it full speed," he responded when asked what quality No. 26 has that he wants to replicate. "My thing is I try to be a little too patient. With him, he's patient, but once he sees it, it's zero to 100. With me, I'm like zero, 50 then 100."

Perine went on to explain that even when there's no daylight, Peterson still commits to his lane and that allows him to pick up three or four yards regardless. That kind of aggression can also lead to more chunk plays, too.

"Nothing's there, you hit it and then something opens up, then you don't have to worry about changing that gear," he said. "You're already top speed."

Peterson and Thompson still figure to see the majority of snaps at running back in Week 3 and beyond. Kelley had just four carries before going down early vs. the Colts, so don't expect to see too much of Perine if/when he debuts against the Packers.

Maybe you should expect to see an improved Perine, however. He's talented but hasn't always had the confidence. Perhaps, in some odd way, being kept off the field early in 2018 and being forced to learn is what will give him that confidence.

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