After last season, Redskins RB Rob Kelley knew he could do more. So among this offseason tasks: trim the body fat. He cut out processed foods and sugar and snacks such as potato chips and granola bars, replacing them with bananas, cut-up apples and watermelon. Now Kelley said he has around 13 percent body fat, down from 18 percent at its peak last season.
He's not necessarily a new man, but he and the Redskins hope he's an improved one.
"I feel more explosive, faster, getting in and out of cuts a little better," Kelley said.
The Redskins drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round of the draft, issuing a challenge to Kelley. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told Kelley the starting job is his to lose.
Kelley won the RB1 job in Week 8, and from that point on, he was the #13 RB in standard (#15 in PPR) down the stretch. He averaged 4.19 YPC, which was the 14th highest per carry average of the 27 running backs who saw at least 150 carries last year. Samaje Perine will make a hard push for the job, but it's clear that Kelley is taking his job seriously by getting leaner in the offseason.