Running back Robert Kelley had a difficult time processing the moment on Thursday. The Redskins’ undrafted rookie had just completed his first NFL preseason game and led the team with 40 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Tulane product was the fourth running back used behind Matt Jones, Chris Thompson and rookie Keith Marshall, but Kelley was the best player at the position. He broke off runs for 18 and 11 yards on a drive that ended with Kelley’s one-yard touchdown in the third quarter. It was the only moment in the game when the Redskins had an effective running game. They finished with just 79 yards on 24 carries. There's no sure thing behind Jones as the RB1 because Thompson is more of a change of pace, third-down back. The team struggled to run the ball last year and many predict more of the same this year, so any positive sign running the ball won't go unnoticed by the Skins.