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Need to Know: Injury to Redskins' Doctson appears to be no cause for concern

Need to Know: Injury to Redskins' Doctson appears to be no cause for concern

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 5, 53 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

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—The Redskins last played a game 147 days ago. It will be 99 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 53; Preseason opener @ Falcons 67; Final roster cut to 53, 90

Hot topics from the Redskins week that was

I’m in catch-up mode after being on vacation last week. Here are a few observations on what I’ve learned while getting back up to speed.

—It doesn’t seem that Josh Doctson’s foot injury is anything to worry about. This group, like many teams out there, is ultra cautious when it comes to pushing players with even minor injuries at this time of year. They would rather have him watch now and not risk having him watching in July because the injury got worse. I don’t have access to the medical reports but this seems to be something that we might not even hear about if it happened in October.

—The CBA oddity that makes it harder to sign third-round draft picks than players selected in any other round ceased to be a concern for the Redskins when Kendall Fuller signed his four-year rookie contract. What took so long? Nobody really can explain the nature of the CBA quirk that gives room for negotiations in the rookie deals of third-round picks but it’s real. As of two days ago there was a total of 34 unsigned draft picks and 14 of them were third-round picks.

— While it’s good to have it done, there was no urgency to get Fuller signed. He had signed the waiver that allowed him to practice with the team and committed the Redskins to giving him a fair-value contract even if he had sustained further injury while practicing. An unsigned Fuller would not have missed anything until the start training camp.

—And we now know the full training camp schedule. The main takeaway from the schedule, which allows fans to watch 22 practice sessions, is that only the Redskins will be involved. Unlike the past two years, when the Patriots and Texans came to Richmond for joint practices, there will be no joint practices with other NFL teams. One of the disadvantages of holding camp in Richmond is that the team is committed to holding a minimum number of practices at the Bon Secours training facility. That means they can’t visit another team for joint practices, severely limiting their options.

—Probably because his season here were generally unsuccessful ones for the team, I don’t think that Stephen Bowen was appreciated by the fans here in Washington. He was a solid player from when he signed with the team in 2011 until about midway through the 2013 season, when knee issues pushed him to the sideline and eventually led to his release. He did not live up to the five-year, $27.5 million contract he signed with the Redskins as a free agent but that is more a lesson on the perils of free agency than it was any fault of the player’s. Bowen was a terrific presence in the locker room, almost always smiling and cracking jokes. He established Skyler’s Gift, a foundation that helps cover funeral expenses for families that have lost a child. I wish him well in the future.

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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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