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20 questions in 20 days 15Can Hall become an elite playmaker?

20 questions in 20 days 15Can Hall become an elite playmaker?

By Rich Tandler and Tarik El-BashirCSNwashington.com20 questions in 20 daysAs we count down to the first game of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to be looking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to look into their crystal balls and answer them.Question 16:Can DeAngelo Hall become an elite playmaker?The background:In 2010, Hall was personally responsible for the two of the Redskins six wins. Just before halftime in the season opener against Dallas got a strip, recovery, and touchdown return for the Redskins only TD in in their 13-7 win. And later in the season in Chicago he picked off four Jay Cutler passes and returned one of them 92 yards for the go-ahead points in Washingtons 17-14 win. But last year he picked off just three passes, none of them particularly meaningful. The Redskins are putting him in the slot corner position in hopes that he can make plays like he did in 2010.Tandler:Hall has said that he hopes to be able to play like the Packers Charles Woodson in his new position. In the last three years, Woodson has intercepted 18 passes, forced 10 fumbles, recovered two fumbles and has scored five touchdowns. The Redskins would be happy with even a nice percentage of that production. Hall is the second-highest paid player on the team and since hes not a shutdown corner he has to create value for himself in the takeaway department. His ability to do so may not be up to him. If Robert Griffin III can put some life into an offense that has been largely dormant for yearsan offense more like the one Woodson plays withHall will be able to afford to gamble for takeaways and the big plays will come.El-Bashir:A week into training camp, Hall told reporters: I'm probably not a great corner, but I'm a great football player. To go in the slot gives me a chance to be a football player. Theres a lot of truth in that candid assessment, and its precisely why secondary coach Raheem Morris intends to use Hall on the inside rather than outside in coverage this season. In theory, the move will emphasize Halls strengths (athleticism, instincts) while deemphasizing his biggest weakness (one-on-one coverage). Whether it works remains to be seen. Hall has only two tackles in parts of two exhibition games and hasnt put himself in position for an interception. As his comfort level grows, though, the team hopes hell pickoff five or six passes and return to the Pro Bowl he showed in 2010.20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20Will Jammal Brown play this year?
19 Aug.21Will Chris Cooley make the team?
18 Aug. 22Can Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 Aug. 23Is Garon a No. 1 receiver?
16 YesterdayCan Trent Williams got from good to great?
15 TodayCan DeAngelo Hall be a defensive playmaker?
14 TomorrowCan Santana Moss regain his old form?

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Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Redskins running backs over-under

The Redskins’ running backs depth chart looks quite different from how it did a year ago. Rob Kelley, who was “ninth-string” back last year per Jay Gruden, is the starter. Samaje Perine enters the mix with expectations that exceed those normally assigned to a fourth-round pick. Chris Thompson is the constant as the third-down back. What kind of numbers will they put up this year? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins running back stats. 

Rob Kelley, 1,000 rushing yards

Tandler: If you project Kelley’s production in the nine games he started over 16 games it comes to about 1,050 yards. He had his ups and downs in those nine starts and he will have them this year. But he should have enough ups to be able to average the 62.5 yards per game needed to hit the thousand-yard mark. Over

Finlay: Unlike wide receivers, where 25 guys broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2016, it's getting harder and harder for a running back to hit four-figures. In 2016, only 12 RBs ran for more than 1,000 yards, and only eight got over 1,100 yards. As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, less backs are getting the carries sufficient for a 1,000 yard season. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Alfred Morris in 2014. While I think Kelley gets the bulk of the yardage, I think it caps out about 900 yards and Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine creep into the total. Under

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Kelley, 10 rushing touchdowns

Tandler: He scored six as the starter last year and doing the math that comes to 11 over 16 games. But last year there wasn’t a player like Perine, who could come into the game and vulture some touchdowns after Kelley did the work to get the ball in goal to go position. Under

Finlay: Sorry to keep going back to stats, but last year only seven running backs got to 10 TDs or more. Only seven! Hard to see Kelley getting there on a team that didn't run all that much, or all that well either, in 2016. Under

Samaje Perine, 500 rushing yards

Tandler: It tough to set a line for a guy who hasn’t played. I’ll go off Matt Jones’ 2015 rookie season when he gained 490 yards while sharing time with Alfred Morris. If Perine averages four yards per carry, which is not hard to do, he’ll need about eight carries per game to get to 500. It’s close but if Kelley is effective, as I believe he will be, Perine might not get enough carries to have a chance. Under

Finlay: Tandler's Matt Jones comp pretty much works for Perine, but Jones had explosive speed that Perine doesn't have. A better comp for me was Derrick Henry last year as a rookie with the Titans. DeMarco Murray was established as the top dog, and Henry worked for a productive 490 yards. Under

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Chris Thompson, 60 pass receptions

Tandler: His role is beyond just third down. If the Redskins are behind in the fourth quarter, Thompson is usually in there to try to help spark a rally. Along with TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder, Thompson will benefit from Kirk Cousins’ familiarity with him. Over

Finlay: Thompson should be a strong contributor in 2017, but 60 catches is a lot for a running back. Only David Johnson (80) and Le'Veon Bell (75) went over that number in 2016, while James White had exactly 60 catches. Thompson grabbed 49 balls in 2016, an impressive total. I could actually see Thompson getting a bigger percentage increase in carries, he had 68 rushes last season with a very solid 5.2 YPC, than catches. Under

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