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Jay Gruden on Redskins rookie RB Samaje Perine: 'He’s going to hit you'

Jay Gruden on Redskins rookie RB Samaje Perine: 'He’s going to hit you'

Samaje Perine first made headlines as a freshman at Oklahoma when he ran all over Kansas to the tune of 427 yards and five touchdowns. The stat line was absurd, and it was a big part of a 1,700-yard season in 2014.

While that game was certainly the highlight, what stands out most about Perine's three years with the Sooners is his strength. Perine has high-end speed, but he likes to lower his shoulder and pound the football.

After the Redskins selected Perine in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, that power has his new head coach excited.

"We couldn’t pass up on Samaje. We were happy to get him, man," Gruden said after the draft. "We really enjoyed his interview, his toughness, watching him on tape. You feel his presence when he runs the football. He’s a hard guy to get down, and if you do get him down, you’re going to get up holding your shoulder or something because he’s going to hit you."

Washington struggled in the red zone in 2016, and particularly struggled to run the ball at the goal line. Perine could help in those areas immediately.

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At Oklahoma he recorded 49 touchdowns in three seasons, and at the NFL Combine he ranked as the strongest running back in 2017 class. He bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times, far and away the best strength performance of the backs in Indianapolis. 

Asked after the draft to describe his game, Perine gave an answer that Washington brass would love.

"I’d much prefer to go through you than around you."

Make no mistake, Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson will still contribute plenty to the Redskins run game. Kelley has a knack for making defenders miss and Gruden has repeatedly stated his belief in "Fat Rob." The organization also paid up to keep Thompson, who was a restricted free agent this offseason. 

Perine will get opportunities though. His talent and strength will command them. And the head coach sure seems to like his power.

"He's a physical runner, without a doubt. Nobody can argue that point."

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Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

Charley Casserly learned a lot from the late Bobby Mitchell

As the Washington Redskins family continues to mourn the passing of the legendary Bobby Mitchell, former GM Charley Casserly weighed in on how much he took away from knowing Mitchell.

“Bobby Mitchell was a dear friend and mentor to me during my time with the Washington Redskins,” Casserly begins. “He took me under his wing. He taught me scouting.”

Casserly first met Mitchell when the former was just an intern getting his start in the business. Rather than push him aside, Mitchell imparted upon Casserly the importance of attitude and demeanor.

“He taught me how to be a professional in the workplace,” the former GM continued. “He cared about people in the community. That’s what, to me, separated him from many other people.”

Mitchell’s longest-lasting impact is his role as one of the first players of color to integrate the Redskins back in 1962, but his role as a mentor and friend to so many in the Washington area lives on as well.

As Casserly says, Mitchell is sorely missed already.

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Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Brian Mitchell was 'truly impressed' by Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell: Great football player, better human being

Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died on Sunday at the age of 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mitchell, who became the first black player on the Redskins when he was traded to Washington in 1962, had a significant impact on another former Redskin, Brian Mitchell, both on and off the field. 

“He was a great football player but I think 25,000 times more of a human being,” said Brian, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1990. 

As Brian grew closer with the Hall of Famer, he was especially impressed by his efforts to fight for equality in the African American community.

“I knew that he was the first African American to come to D.C. and play, but then when I began to find out more about him he was the guy that was out there fighting, a social activist, doing things to help out our black community, which truly truly impressed me,” Brian expressed.

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Brian took great pride in not only knowing the Hall of Famer but having the same last name. 

“I remember someone asking if I was a relative and he said 'no.' And then he told me, he said ‘every time you ran another touchdown, I was like he’s a cousin. Oh, that’s my boy, that’s my son,” Brian said. 

To this day Brian strives to be as influential as Bobby was.

“This one man who did so much had so much impact on so many people throughout this community, it said a lot to me. He’s going to be sorely missed. We love you Bobby, take care,” Brian said.

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