Quick Links

Redskins win but lose RG3 to injury


Redskins win but lose RG3 to injury

The Redskins lost quarterback Robert Griffin III and special teams captain to injuries during their preseason game against the Lions. That is what will matter in the long run. In the short run the had some solid offensive and defensive moments in a 21-17 win.

Game Recap: The game went back and forth for most of the way. The Lions took a 10-0 second-quarter lead on a Matt Prater field goal from 49 yards out and a three-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky to Jeremy Ross.

The Redskins came back after Colt McCoy came in at quarterback. Runs of 24 yards by Matt Jones and 19 yards by Chris Thompson got things going. A roughing the passer penalty helped things along and the Redskins got on the board on a one-yard touchdown run by fullback Darrel Young.

A 38-yard run by rookie Trey Williams got the Redskins’ first drive of the third quarter going. McCoy then completed passes to Colin Lockett for 16 yards and to Reggie Bell for 19 yards and a touchdown. That put Washington up 14-10 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.

Detroit answered with a touchdown pass from Orlovsky to running back Zach Zenner. But the Redskins, now with Kirk Cousins at quarterback, answered back with an 80-yard drive capped by a four-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Rashad Ross.

The Redskins defense did allow the Lions to move the ball some. However, they only allowed one extended touchdown drive and held the Lions to 46 yards rushing.

Key Moments: The play on which Griffin was injured not only cost the team Griffin’s services, it cost them a touchdown. The Lions recovered at the Washington 11 and four plays later they were in the end zone to take a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.

Both teams nearly scored on the last play of the first half. The Redskins had first and goal at the one with two seconds left. Quarterback Colt McCoy mishandled the snap and linebacker Travis Lewis recovered. He appeared to be ahead of the pack and headed for the end zone but running back Chris Thompson chased him down and made the tackle at midfield.

Player of the Game: Colt McCoy was five of six passing for 80 yards and a touchdown. After Griffin’s injury he provided some spark to the offense, leading the team to two touchdowns.

Kudos also go to Williams (10 carries, 52 yards), Ross (4 receptions, 39 yards), and safety Duke Ihenacho (4 tackles, good job forcing the run).

Injury Update: The Redskins had no serious injuries besides those to Hayward and Griffin.

From the Locker Room: Check back later for quotes from the Redskins’ locker room.

Quick Links

Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Is Adrian Peterson a good fit with the Redskins?

Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in NFL history.

But is he the best running back for the Redskins right now?

The Redskins signed Peterson, 33 years old and a 12-year NFL veteran, to a one-year contract. They have been hit with injuries at the running back position, most notably the loss of second-round pick Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL. They didn’t make any moves when that diagnosis was announced a week and a half ago. But they lost two more backs to short-term injuries last Thursday and they decided that now is the time to go out and get somebody.

Is the need for a running back really there? Rob Kelley was the starter for the last half of the 2016 season and for seven games last year before a variety of ailments sent him to injured reserve. Samaje Perine became the starter after that and while he struggled at time he also showed growth potential.

Kelley is 25 and Perine is 22. In the absence of Guice, they could develop and when Guice returns next year the team would have a good stable of young running backs.

But now, Peterson is in the picture. We don’t yet know what his role will be, but they did not sign him to be the back who is inactive on game days. He will get some carries and that will take work away from Perine and Kelley.

Now, if Peterson is more productive than either of the two younger backs then that is a worthwhile swap. But what does he have left in the tank at age 33?

Last year, playing for the Saints and Cardinals he gained 529 yards on 156 carries, a very pedestrian average of 3.4 years per carry. That is very similar to the production of Perine, who had 175 carries for 603 yards, a 3.4 average. In his two years in the NFL, Kelley has averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

By signing Peterson, however, the Redskins are hoping that Peterson has one more big year, or at least a medium year by his standards, left in him. After all, it was just in 2015 that he led the NFL in rushing for the third time in his career as he ran for 1,485 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The Redskins would be delighted if he could get half of that total.

Any free agent signing can only be evaluated when the contract details are available. We only know that it’s a one-year deal and according to some reports he did not get any money guaranteed at signing. That seems to be a team friendly deal, but we will have to see what might kick in if he is on the Week 1 roster.

As with everything else, time will tell if this move works out. If the money is right, it’s a low risk transaction with some possible upside for Washington.

Back during minicamp while talking about how quickly Alex Smith would have to get up to speed with the offense, Jay Gruden said that the Redskins are not in a rebuilding mode and that they need to win now. After the trade for Smith, the Peterson signing is another indication that patience may be wearing thin.

More Redskins News

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS and on Instagram @RichTandler

Quick Links

Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

Former MVP Adrian Peterson signing with Redskins amid mounting RB injuries

The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent running back Adrian Peterson, per multiple reports and confirmed by NBC Sports Washington.

Washington added Peterson as their running back group took a number of hits this preseason. Rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the year in the preseason opener, while Byron Marshall, Martez Carter and Samaje Perine got hurt in the second preseason game against the Jets.

Peterson is a huge name. He’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and he’s one of only a handful of rushers to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season.

His best seasons came with the Vikings, but Peterson hasn’t delivered top flight results since 2015.

If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peterson could be a tremendous steal for the Redskins. There is no way to know until he suits up in the preseason, which could happen as soon as this Friday night against Denver.

On the roster, Washington has Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs and Chris Thompson available at running back. At his best, Peterson is significantly better than that group.

Will the Redskins get Peterson at his best?

That’s the big question. And with two preseason games remaining, he will get the chance to prove it.