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RB Silas Redd survives Redskins cuts

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:05am

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According to multiple media sources the Redskins have released three of their four running backs who were widely considered to be on the roster bubble. Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, and Lache Seastrunk have all confirmed via text messages that they have been released. Most figured that at least two of those three would end up on the roster. Silas Redd survived the cuts.

Fantasy Impact:
Seastrunk was the biggest surprise the story said, but Thompson is also a big of a surprise. However, he was battling injuries all through camp that seemed to frustrate the team. Both could be added to the practice squad. The moves mean that undrafted rookie Silas Redd will be the third tailback behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:48pm

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Washington RB Chris Thompson sprained his ankle in the first preseason game and was not at full speed until Monday. Before the injury he was working behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Now, he must show that he’s more worthy than Evan Royster, Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk.

But Thompson also knows his injury history: a back injury in 2011; torn ACL in 2012; torn labrum in his shoulder in 2013.

“I just have to show them I can make it through some games and I will show them,” he said. “I’ve been hurt a lot. I can deal with pain. I’ll make sure I finish this game out.”

Jay Gruden: 'We're going to be a running team, I guess'

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:49pm

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Washington HC Jay Gruden said today that he sees the Redskins relying on the ground game.

“Our identity needs to be found,” he said. “What are we going to be? We’re going to be a running team, I guess.”

Like any coach, Gruden would prefer to have a varied attack.

“Our identity needs to be diversity,” he said. “We have to be able to be good at both. We have to be able to run the ball, we have to be able to do some play actions off the run and there are going to be some times that we have to do some drop back.”

Fantasy Impact:
Gruden doesn't seemed thrilled about the label, though. Many assumed the Skins would pass more under Gruden, especially after bringing in WRs DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. But Robert Griffin III is struggling and seemingly starting a QB controversy at the same time, while the running game, led by Alfred Morris, excels. This, perhaps, gives Morris a bit of a bump in fantasy value. Eventually the Skins will need the threat of a pass game or team's will stack the box. Morris is a rock-solid, high-end RB2 in just about any format, however.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:19am

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Somewhat of a forgotten man amongst the Redskins running backs, Evan Royster had a big night when he needed it most.

Royster isn't a roster lock like Alfred Morris or Roy Helu. However, of all the backs on Monday night, he played the best.

First, he flashed on a 24-yard catch and run, which he immediately followed with a two-yard touchdown run. Royster makes plays when he's given the opportunity, however limited they may be, and if he doesn't stick around in D.C, he could catch on fairly quickly with someone else. After his strong showing against the Browns, though, his chances of making the cut had to have improved at least somewhat.

Fantasy Impact:
Neither Morris nor Helu had great nights on Monday but CSN Washington feels that won't affect their stock and will make the club, with Helu the third down back. Royster is no lock, but at the very least may have helped himself find a spot on another team if it comes to that.

Passing game a work in progress for Redskins RB Alfred Morris

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:22pm

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Redskins RB Alfred Morris dropped two passes, the second of which came while being covered by Adam Hayward. Morris had position on Hayward, but couldn’t hold onto the ball. Hayward called out, “You don’t even have to cover this guy. He can’t catch!” Morris got in extra pass-catching work later in practice while the special teams segments were going on.

Fantasy Impact:
Clearly, Morris's hands are still a work in progress. He has been climbing in our rankings since he looks like one of the safer running backs available in the 3rd round, but his upside is limited in PPR formats due to his to-this-point non-existent role in the passing game.

Redskins RB Alfred Morris showing good hands in camp

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 5:18pm

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The Redskins’ passing game has run hot and cold since training camp opened July 23. The defense looks winded one day and roars back the next. But throughout the highs and lows, third-year running back Alfred Morris has motored along like a reliable, low-maintenance truck.

The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Morris isn’t just churning up yardage on the ground at his customary clip; he’s also proving a sure-handed asset in the passing game — shining in one-on-one drills against linebackers.

With the first-team defense upstaging the offense in Thursday’s practice, the Redskins’ first since breaking camp Tuesday in Richmond, quarterback Robert Griffin III availed himself of the sure-handed Morris several times.

“Steady Eddie” is how Coach Jay Gruden referred to Morris after practice.

“He just comes to work every day, he makes his reads, he makes his cuts, does what he’s supposed to do,” Gruden said. “Just about everything about him is an impressive to me — the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he practices.”

Fantasy Impact:
Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the passing game, so his PPR value is on the low side, though he’s a fairly safe start in any format given his steady workload. If he starts to get involved in the passing game, watch out.

Redskins Beat: 'Not sure' about 20-25 catches for RB Alfred Morris

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 2:19pm

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The Redskins rookie running backs have some flash, but none are ready to be a third-down back. Lache Seastrunk is a fast back, but loves bouncing it outside a little too much. His hands are questionable and he needs work in protection. But that speed is dynamite. Silas Redd, an undrafted free agent, ran with power in the opener. But he, too, is not a third-down back.

So that means Roy Helu should be the third-down back for a second consecutive year. He’s not bad here at all, but they will try to groom someone, perhaps Seastrunk, for this job over the next year.

Alfred Morris is still good. There’s a big gap between Morris and the other runners. But 20-25 catches? Not sure about that one.

Fantasy Impact:
Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, so his PPR value is on the low side, though he’s a fairly safe start in any format given his steady workload. We are currently projecting 20 catches for Morris, which is just over one per game.

Alfred Morris encouraged by how Skins are using him

Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:32am

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Redskins RB Alfred Morris came away from the team's first preseason game with a sense of encouragement because of the way his coaches used him, and how he performed.

“It’s definitely exciting,” he said on Monday. “Being a running back, you want to have a chance to help your team succeed, and for them to come out and put it on the ground so much, plus have success, so they were like, ‘Hey, we’re making the right decision. We should keep doing this.’ Just to keep us involved, especially since running backs are being devalued around the league, just to have a new coach to come in and see our ability and allow us to go out there and have some fun, and to compete.”

Fantasy Impact:
In the 10-play series that the starting offense played, Morris had his number called six times – five as a runner, and once as a pass-catcher. Morris rushed for 27 yards on five carries. The pass his way was an incompletion. Everyone assumed that Washington would throw more, thus hurting the fantasy value of Morris who has yet to be a part of the passing game. But that hasn't really been the case, and as we pointed out, Gruden's past passing percentage isn't that far off what Washington has done in recent seasons anyway. Morris is a rock-solid, high-end RB2.

Redskins show off running game

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:39am

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Sure it was only the first preseason game of the year, but the Redskins running game looked strong in a 23-6 win over the Patriots that saw a collection of Washington backs gallop through the New England defense. The team compiled 177 yards on the ground with an average of four yards-per-carry, solid numbers for a team transitioning from the Mike Shanahan zone-read run game to a more smash-mouth system with new coach Jay Gruden.

"From first guys to fourth quarter, it was pretty impressive," running back Roy Helu said. "I think our running game and the way we got off the line, I really liked that."

Fantasy Impact:
Alfred Morris and Helu ran well for the starting offense, though the opening drive stalled in the red zone. But the depth at the running back position looked strong, especially in the second half when rookies Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk impressed. Evan Royster and Chris Thompson got some reps for Washington at running back as well, and while both did fine, they did not impress like Redd and Seastrunk. That's worth noting because Royster could be on the roster bubble and Thompson has a chance to beat out Helu for the third down job, according to beat writers.

Monday, August 4, 2014, 11:18am

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The Redskins have not had a big, effective wide receiver for many years and they have had to learn to live without one. QB Robert Griffin III says that scheme and execution are the keys.

“You make up for what you don’t have in size with speed and precision and just guys being in the right spot,” he said. “We do have some dynamic guys but at the end of the day none of our receivers are over 6-4, 6-3. We’ll find ways to work scheme to get guys open. But that’s what the coaches watch film for, that’s what the coaches will find the best way and, if not, we have a battering ram in the backfield.”

The “battering ram” is Alfred Morris, who has scored 16 touchdowns on runs starting from inside the 20 in his two years in the league. But he can’t always get it done so the Redskins just have to deal with throwing to shorter targets.

The Redskins were fourth in red zone efficiency in Griffin’s rookie year, getting into the end zone on 60.4 percent of their chances. They dipped to 20th in 2013, scoring touchdowns 52 percent of the time. They essentially had the same receiver corps both years.

Fantasy Impact:

While they added DeSean Jackson, he's not necessarily a red zone threat as much as he is a big-play threat. The story goes on to point out that the big difference was not a big passing target, but the legs of Griffin. In 2012 he scored six rushing touchdowns from the red zone. He scored none last year. It's always risky when your franchise QB takes off to run, but Griffin will likely not put up a 0 in that category this season...

Gruden: Alfred Morris has 'caught the ball very well'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:56pm

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Jay Gruden said he knows what he has in Alfred Morris, and said the Florida Atlantic product has had a great training camp so far, as he’s worked hard to add the passing game to his list of talents.

“Alfred is not flying under the radar in our eyes, that’s for sure,” Gruden said. “He’s had a great camp. He’s caught the ball very well too which is a pleasant surprise for us out of the backfield, so Alfred’s going to get his touches.”

Fantasy Impact:
Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, though Gruden's comments are encouraging. If he can catch 30+ passes it will really help his value in PPR formats.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:03am

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Chris Thompson's the one who has emerged to this point (long way to go folks) in a battle for the Redskins third down back job, because it’s clear he’s feeling more comfortable.

He's also faster, one year further removed from his torn ACL in college. He’s resembled the runner he was in college more than he ever did last summer. For the most part, Thompson has caught the ball well and did a solid job in the pass protection drills Monday, a day after he was disappointed in his showing. If Thompson proves he can stay durable in camp -- it’s a huge issue for him -- he’ll stay productive. He’s taken snaps with the first offense in nickel situations this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Just a few weeks ago, Roy Helu seemed to be a lock for this job. And to be fair, he probably still has the edge. This article pointed out that Helu has looked fine in camp and is also capable of playing other downs if something were to happen with starter Alfred Morris. The only other back on the Skins roster who could do that is Evan Royster, the story claims. But Royster may not make the team. Helu should have the edge in this battle, but some beat writers are making this seem like it's no sure thing...

Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:22pm

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Redskins RB Alfred Morris’ performance will be critical to the success of the offense. If they bunch up on him, he has to make the first man miss as he always has and grind out some tough yards. If the defense is spread out, Morris has to make the defense pay with some big plays in the running game. He’s right up there with the team’s most valuable players.

Roy Helu will be the third-down back. He occasionally flashes some dynamic ability as a pass catcher and is solid in pass blocking. Others may have more big play ability but until someone learns to protect as well as Helu does, it’s his job.

Fantasy Impact:
Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, so his PPR value is on the low side, though he’s a fairly safe start in any format given his steady workload.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 5:51pm

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Redskins beat writer John Keim discusses the team's backfield split:

"Roy Helu can catch the ball and perhaps he’ll run better out of a shotgun spread formation than in the outside zone. But I can’t imagine him in a Giovani Bernard role; the Bengals’ back had 226 touches from scrimmage last season. Though Helu averaged 4.4 yards per carry, he’s not a move-the-chains runner (eight carries against an eight-man front resulted in a total of 14 yards). Even against seven-man fronts Helu averaged 4.06 yards, which is fine but is much less than Morris (4.96, with an NFL-best 937 rushing yards against that type of front).

"The point? Helu will be able to handle the third-down duties again, but there’s little reason to take a whole lot away from Alfred Morris."

Fantasy Impact:
Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, so his PPR value is on the low side, though he’s a fairly safe start in any format given his steady workload.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:38pm

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The sense is that the Redskins won’t need to use play-action pass as much because of an improved receiving corps, one that is much more capable of winning one-on-one battles at the line (unlike last season).

Therefore, in theory, it should result in quicker opportunities for QB Robert Griffin III. That will allow the Redskins to use less complicated reads until Griffin and the receivers grow in the offense.

Fantasy Impact:
The story also adds the run game is going to remain the same, something many assume wouldn't be the case. That's due to Alfred Morris being a workhorse back. The story added the Griffin had a great offseason, but this is his first legitimate NFL offseason and he's learning his second offense. However, with the Skins investing so much in the passing game, look for them to utilize it.