Gauging the Washington Redskins’ running back situation for 2018 feels like a glass half-full or empty situation.
Chris Thompson turned into the team’s top offensive playmaker last season. The quicker-than-quick back led the Redskins in rushing and receiving at the time of his season-ending leg injury in Week 11. Rookie Samaje Perine powered his way to a team-high 603 rushing yards. Injuries limited Robert Kelley, but let’s not forget about his impactful 2016 campaign.
On the other hand, Washington ranked 28th in rushing yards this season and 30th in yards per attempt (3.6). Thompson offers explosive ability, but the 5-foot-8 back isn’t built for every-down use. Perine showed enough rough edges in Year 1. Neither he nor Kelley is a premier athlete. Kapri Bibbs, Byron Marshall and Keith Marshall offer more depth, but not much wow.
The guess here is that the Redskins do not prioritize running back during the offseason. Get Kelley and Thompson back from injuries, put Perine through a second training camp and see what that does. Of course, that would not preclude Washington from selecting a runner at any point in the draft if the value stars align, including in round one.