The Redskins are running the ball like they never have before.Through three games, they have rushed the ball for 542 yards. That is the highest rushing total through three games for the team since 1946.Their next best performance came in 1978 when they had 521 rushing yards in their first three games. John Riggins and Mike Thomas were the primary ballcarriers that year with an assist from Clarence Harmon and Benny Malone. They did not carry through their strong start as they finished the year with 2082 yards rushing, 22ndin the NFL.It would not be surprising if the current Redskins team also fails to maintain its current pace. Alfred Morris is leading the team with 263 yards, a pace that would give him about 1400 yards in 16 games. Thats not out of the question but it would be very surprising for the rookie sixth-round draft pick to pull off a season like that.But the one who is unlikely to keep running at is current pace is rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is second on the team with 209 yards. That would give him over 1100 yards rushing but he wont make it there. Hell either stop rushing the ball 10 times a game or he will be injured and miss time.It would be good for the Redskins if RG3 ran less and a running back like Roy Helu Jr. or Evan Royster picked p the slack in the running game. That would allow them to keep Griffin in a vertical position while continuing to be productive on the ground.
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Significant injuries to the Redskins offensive line and defensive secondary will cause a number of position changes for the Redskins. When Washington gets on the practice field Wednesday at 1 p.m., and rain or shine, the team will look different after losing Kory Lichtensteiger, Shawn Lauvao, DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland. Here's what we'll be watching:
- Who's at left guard - Injuries to Lauvao and Lichtensteiger have a serious domino effect on the Redskins offensive line. Spencer Long is the backup to both men, and with the former Cornhusker at center, means left guard doesn't have a natural backup. Arie Kouandjio has been working for more than a year to be ready to play guard for Washington, and he might get the chance. The 'Skins also signed center John Sullivan, last of the Vikings, to the team on Tuesday. If and when Sullivan can get ready, he could allow Jay Gruden to move Long to guard.
- Corner store - Breeland's injury is not as severe as the offensive linemen's, and perhaps more important to the team, there is better depth at corner. Rookie Kendall Fuller is likely to see his first game action this Sunday against Cleveland, and the 'Skins can count on Greg Toler and Quinton Dunbar to have increased roles with Breeland out. Watching Fuller work in with the defense will be very interesting to see, as he's been working with the scout team for much of the early season.
- Safety button - D-Hall out for the year is a blow for Washington — no way around it. But expect lots more Will Blackmon at that spot. And Duke Ihenacho and even Deshazor Everett can provide increased snaps.
For live updates check out @JPFinlayCSN from the practice fields.
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