The lack of flash in Rob Kelley's game isn't important. That's not what the Washington Redskins need from their running back. What they need is what he has delivered -- and they just might have stumbled onto a real good solution for their run game.
It takes more than two games to establish who you are in the NFL. So Kelley will have days when perhaps he'll remind everyone that he was once an undrafted free agent from Tulane and more holes are poked into his game. Or maybe he won't.
"He's a tremendous asset," Redskins tight end Vernon Davis said. "I remember when he first arrived in training camp and I saw him making cuts I was like, 'Wow, he has great hips and great feet. He's going to be a stud.' And he is. He's a stud."
After two starts, Kelley has done more than open eyes. And he's doing it by excelling in one big way: being consistent. He rarely loses yards -- only two of his 60 carries this season have resulted in negative yardage. Sunday, he had one carry for minus-1 yards. Other than that, here's the consistency: 17 of his 22 carries gained between two and five yards. Only three were for less than two yards (two others went for 14 and 21). He's not going to hit home runs, but the man keeps getting on base to set this offense in a good spot. He's also holding on to the ball, something Matt Jones failed to do leading up to the switch.
Saturday, November 12, 2016, 7:55pm
To make room for Carrier, the Redskins waived cornerback Dashaun Phillips.
DeSean Jackson's absence opens up targets for others -- and given the Redskins’ skill-position talent, that’s not bad at all. Jamison Crowder flourishes underneath because he has become an excellent slot receiver, but also because defenses focus extra attention elsewhere.
Jackson’s absence also means more time for Ryan Grant, a practice all-star who has yet to translate that into games. He does not possess deep speed and has never been a threat after the catch and stumbles too often. Perhaps Rashad Ross can scare a defense deep.
The story went on to say without Jackson, ironically, the Redskins might have more chances to go downfield in favorable coverages. Jackson scares teams on multiple routes -- deep crossers, for example; it’s also not just about speed as Jackson tracks the ball very well. Speed alone does not make you dangerous, but it certainly helps.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 10. Jackson has been ruled out, per multiple reports. Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed get a bump, while Ryan Grant will see his snaps increase, though he only has three catches for 27 yards on the year. Vernon Davis may actually be the one who sees a good bump in snaps.
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm
"Rob Kelley is our first string running back." - Jay Gruden
This confirms Gruden's comments earlier in the week. Kelley will handle the “bulk” of the team’s early down carries, which means we can probably assume that he’ll get most of Matt Jones’s workload (an average of 16.1 touches through the first six games).
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm
While DeSean Jackson is getting older, he’s not showing many signs of losing his ability as a deep threat, at least in my eyes. The problem is more that Jackson and Kirk Cousins have struggled to get on the same page at times this season.
The story breaks down some of Jackson's routes and mostly puts the blame on Cousins. The author thinks maybe the team tries to find more ways to get Jackson the ball in the second half, as he's averaging less than four catches a game this year. Jackson has usually been a boom or bust play through much of his career which makes him a risky fantasy play most weeks as anything but a WR3 or lower.
The starter could change in a few days, or even after another game. For now, though, the Washington Redskins want to go with the hot hand at running back -- or, at least, the consistent one. And that means Rob Kelley, the one-time undrafted free agent, will take over for Matt Jones.
The Redskins liked what Kelley did in his one start against Cincinnati, gaining 87 yards on 21 carries. The best part about Kelley’s game was the yards after contact and the consistency. His longest run was only 16 yards, but he didn’t have any negative carries, either. In fact, of his 38 carries this season, only one has lost yards. Jones missed that game with a knee injury, but his first seven games were a mixed bag: he lost two fumbles and at times remained too indecisive, robbing him of any power after contact. Then again, he had games of 117 and 135 yards in which, as the game progressed, he ran the way Washington hoped. As the story said, this could all change, but the good news is it seems it won't be a split even though Jones will likely be involved.
Monday, November 7, 2016, 3:15pm
The Washington Redskins were dealt a blow to their depth on Monday afternoon. It was announced by the team that tight end Niles Paul would be placed on the injured reserve. Paul was dealing with a shoulder injury before the team decided to shut him down. The news came via Jay Gruden and the Redskins Twitter account.
Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The suspension begins immediately. Williams can return to practice and the active roster Dec. 5, a day after the Redskins play the Cardinals. He will be permitted to participate in team meetings and work out at the team facility during his suspension.
HC Jay Gruden said last week that he and Rob Kelley were in a close competition at the end of the summer, but they opted for the latter on the opening day roster.
The Redskins say they can mix and match their backs depending on the situation.
This isn't great news from a fantasy perspective and we feel the Skins running game takes a fantasy hit if there isn't one clear back. With Brown now possibly in the mix, that makes four. Jones was injured last week and the addition of Brown could mean Jones won't be ready after the team's bye this week, so it's a situation worth monitoring.
Jackson was questionable to return with a "head contusion" the article said and never did make a return.
Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Rob Kelley would be the lead back with a lot of Chris Thompson as well. The team doesn’t want to overload Thompson since he’s a smaller back.