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Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Colts

Redskins stock up-stock down vs. Colts

Here are some Redskins who had their stock go up against the Colts on Saturday and some who saw their stock drop.Stock upThe offensive lineIt would be charitable to say that the Redskins starting offensive line struggled against the Bears as they gave up three sacks in the first quarter alone and didnt open many holes in the running game. Against a weaker Colts defense the line got some mojo back, not allowing a sack and clearing the way for Alfred Morris to pick up 107 yards rushing in a little over a half of play.WR Josh MorganHe has been the forgotten member of the top four wide receivers but he showed why the Redskins went out and got him on the first day of free agency. Morgan made two athletic catches of passes, one from Rex Grossman for a touchdown.RB Alfred MorrisYes, he had an OK game against the Bears but he gained only seven yards on his last eight carries. On Saturday he kept it going, piling up 107 yards in just over a half of play. Again, the Colts defense is not among the strongest in the game but that is an impressive performance in a half against any starting NFL defense.LBs Chris Wilson and Markus WhiteA sack for a safety was the only tackle Wilson recorded but he also was credited with three QB hurries as well. White, in competition with Wilson for the last outside linebacker spot, was very active, recording six tackles, a quarterback hurry, and a pass defensed. This may be such a tough decision for the coaches to make that they may keep them both.QB Rex GrossmanHe entered the game to a smattering of boos but he earned cheers as he went 8 for 8 with two touchdown passes. Any thoughts of him being released to save a roster spot are not gone.Stock downMadieu WilliamsAndrew Luck did make a very nice throw on his touchdown pass to T. Y. Hilton. But Williams let the rookie receiver get past him on a third and seven play. With Tanard Jackson playing a strong game, Williams could find his way back to the bench when Brandon Meriweather returns.Anthony ArmstrongHe caught the one pass that was thrown his way but that likely wasnt enough to keep him on the roster. Wednesdays preseason finale against the Bucs will be huge for him.Tristan DavisHe probably isnt playing to make this roster but he had a chance to get some good film for the rest of the league to examine and he didnt impress. Nine yards on six carries is not a performance that will get your phone ringing when you find yourself a free agent.

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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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