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Redskins concerned over lack of rushing production but not alarmed

Redskins concerned over lack of rushing production but not alarmed

The Redskins’ running game has been sputtering in the preseason, and that is putting it lightly.

When Washington’s first-team offense has faced the opponents’ first-team defense they have attempted 13 rushes and they have 13 yards.

That isn’t getting it done and Jay Gruden knows it.

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“Obviously, Robert [Kelley] didn’t get going, he didn’t have many chances,” he said following the Redkins' 20-17 loss to the Packers. “You know, we’re a work in progress, no question about it. We’re building something and we’ve got to do some things and quite frankly we didn’t get them done today, but I’m not going to give up on it by any stretch of imagination. We’ve just got to continue with our plan and build on what we’ve done, or haven’t done, learn from it, move on and get ready for the Bengals and try to figure out a new plan.”

Kelley, the Redskins’ starting running back, has 12 carries for 11 yards in the two preseason games, including some carries against the other team’s reserve defenders.

While it doesn’t take advanced film study to realize that the low production is primarily due to him having nowhere to run, Kelley still believes he must do better.

“I just have to be a better runner,” the second-year back said. “I have to make stuff happen and get back to what I was doing last year, breaking some tackles, trying to make some guys miss. That’s what the pay you for. Anyone can get there if there’s a wide open hole.”

Yes, Kelley is getting paid to run. But is making the second-year minimum salary. All five of the offensive line starters are being paid well over $1 million this year to create space forhim and they haven’t been able to get the job done.

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The highest-paid player up front is left tackle Trent Williams. He is in his eighth season and he isn’t losing any sleep over the one yard per carry rushing average.

“I’m just not worried,” he said.

“It’s going to take time and it’s going to take plus-one, plus-two, negative-one, then you get a plus-eight. And things start to pop. It’s attrition. Nothing’s going to happen just because you want it to.”

But Williams does know that it’s not going to get better unless they work at it. And that’s why he and the rest of the line stayed in the game with there was talk of putting the second unit into the game.

“They wanted to sub but we said we were staying in,” said Williams. “We didn’t feel like we had it going good enough to call it a game . . . I just heard the O-line folks say, ‘twos up’, I really just ignored it, I put my helmet on and stood on the sideline ready to run back on the field.”

“I wasn’t going to leave on that note two weeks in a row.”

The Redskins’ starters finally got some offense going when the Packers put in their backup defenders. But it mostly was through the air; Washington finished the first half with 10 yards rushing.

But Williams has faith that more reps and having a chance to continue in the game to keep wearing down the defense will make it come together.

“You’re not going to open the game just gashing people,” he said. “You never make the rock break on the first strike.”

Or on the second try, in this case. Their next chance to strike the rock comes next Sunday against the Bengals at FedEx Field. That will be their last shot at fixing the running game before the games start to count. 

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Hundreds of fans line up for Su'a Cravens' jersey giveaway

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Hundreds of fans line up for Su'a Cravens' jersey giveaway

Hundreds of Redskins fans waited in line for hours to get a free Su'a Cravens jersey on Saturday morning. 

Cravens, who's currently on the Redskins' Reserve/Left Squad list, announced earlier in the week that he'd giveaway all of his jerseys to fans for free. 

Here are some of the sights and sounds of the event, courtesy of Redskins Insider JP Finlay: 

There was even a surprise (albeit totally coincidental) apperance from Santana Moss:

Cravens also briefly chatted with the media about the day:

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Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update

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Fantasy Football 2017 -- Week 3 Rankings Update

Here's a look at the updated Week 3 rankings for standard scoring with a few player notes along the way...

Quarterbacks

1.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
4.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
5.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
6.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
7.  Drew Brees, NO
 
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
9.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
10.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
11.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
12.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
13.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
14.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
15.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
16.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
17.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
18.  Alex Smith, KC
 
19.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
20.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
21.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
22.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
23.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
24.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
25.  Joe Flacco, BAL

Notes: Ninth is a touch low for Wilson based on draft status, but one touchdown pass and only 356 yards thru two games doesn't help. Ninth is also still a QB1 and expecting a bounceback if not rock star performance from Wilson against the Titans. ... Vegas put the Raiders-Redskins over/under at 54, the highest in Week 3. That kind of scoring potential is a great reason to use Kirk Cousins. Use is one thing, but I'll wait another week before believing Washington's passing game is trustworthy after what we've seen so far. ...Mariota won't have rookie Corey Davis against a Seahawks' imposing secondary that has allowed one touchdown pass to date.

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
4.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
5.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
6.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
7.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
9.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
10.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
11.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
12.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
 
13.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
14.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
15.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
16.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
17.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
18.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
19.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
20.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
21.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
22.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
23.  Chris Carson, SEA
 
24.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
 
25.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
26.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
27.  Frank Gore, IND
 
28.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
29.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
30.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
31.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
32.  Darren Sproles, PHI
 
33.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
34.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
35.  James White, NE
 
36.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
37.  Chris Johnson, ARI
 
38.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
39.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
40.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
41.  Terrance West, BAL
 
42.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
43.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
44.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
45.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
46.  Paul Perkins, NYG
 
47.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
48.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
49.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
50.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
 
51.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
52.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
53.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
54.  Charles Sims, TB
 
55.  Adrian Peterson, NO
 
56.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
57.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
58.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
 
59.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
60.  Matt Breida, SF
 
61.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
62.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
63.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
64.  Tyler Ervin, HOU
 
65.  C.J. Prosise, SEA
 
66.  Robert Turbin, IND
 
67.  Branden Oliver, LAC
 
68.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
69.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
70.  DeAndre Washington, OAK

Notes: Lynch faces a Redskins defense that couldn't handle Todd Gurley in Week 2 and doesn't have a major threat at nose tackle. Biggest concern for Lynch fans involves how much production Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington siphon from him. ... McCaffrey hasn't completely wowed yet on the NFL level, but decent chance that changes in Week 3 as Carolina compensates for the loss of Greg Olsen against a leaky New Orleans defense. ...The Patriots announced Rex Burkhead is out for Week 3. That should mean more work for James White, who is a borderline RB2 in points-per-reception formats.

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  Mike Evans, TB
 
5.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
6.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
7.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
8.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
9.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
10.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
11.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
12.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
13.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
14.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
15.  Davante Adams, GB
 
16.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
17.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
18.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
19.  Golden Tate, DET
 
20.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
21.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
22.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
23.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
24.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
25.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
26.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
27.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
28.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
29.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
30.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
31.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
32.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
33.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
34.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
35.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
36.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
37.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
38.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
39.  Rashard Higgins, CLE
 
40.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
41.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
42.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
43.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
44.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
45.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
46.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
47.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
48.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
49.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
50.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
51.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
52.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
53.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
54.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
55.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
56.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
57.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
58.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
59.  Brandon Marshall, NYG
 
60.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
61.  Brandon Coleman, NO
 
62.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
63.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
64.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
65.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
66.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
67.  Jordan Matthews, BUF
 
68.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
69.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
70.  Kenny Britt, CLE
 
71.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
72.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
73.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
74.  Chris Conley, KC
 
75.  Russell Shepard, CAR

Notes: J.J. Nelson has six touchdowns in last seven games. Good enough for me. ... Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are in position for good games against a meh Bucs secondary -- except Sam Bradford is out once again.  The Case Keenum drag is real, dropping both receivers out of must-start WR2 range, but don't go out of your way to sit because the talent is too good. ... Nobody goes out of their way to start Browns and Colts receivers, but with Cleveland and Indianapolis are facing each other, such planning becomes more palatable. ... Classic Bill Belichick defensive plan shaping up against Houston: Take out the top receiver thresat -- DeAndre Hopkins -- and let the Texans figure things out from there. Good luck, Houston. 

Tight ends

1.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
2.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
4.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
5.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
6.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
7.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
8.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
9.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
10.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
11.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
12.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
13.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
14.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
17.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
18.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
20.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
21.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
22.  Jesse James, PIT
 
23.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
24.  Antonio Gates, LAC
 
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ

Notes: With Rob Gronkowski a tad banged up and the Giants defense struggling against tight ends, Zach Ertz gets my No. 1 slot. Hey, he entered Week 3 third in receiving yards among all players. ... Ben Watson and Julius Thomas aren't ranked as starters, but their respective matchups against the Jaguars and Jets give them starter upside. 

Kickers

1.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
4.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
5.  Matt Prater, DET
 
6.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
7.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
8.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
9.  Cairo Santos, KC
 
10.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
11.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Will Lutz, NO
 
14.  Phil Dawson, ARI
 
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
16.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
17.  Cody Parkey, MIA
 
18.  Nick Folk, TB
 
19.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
20.  Younghoe Koo, LAC

Defenses

1.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
2.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
3.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
4.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
5.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
7.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
8.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
9.  New England Patriots, NE
 
10.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
11.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
12.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  New York Giants, NYG
 
16.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
 
17.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
18.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
19.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
20.  Houston Texans, HOU