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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 2

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Redskins training camp practice report, Day 2

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for Day 2 of training camp with sunny skies and a light breeze. Temperatures hung around 90 but the humidity wasn’t as bad as it had been for the past few days so conditions were not bad.

—WR Tony Jones, who is one of the longest of long shots to make the team, made a nice move to get away from high-dollar free agent CB Chris Culliver. Lined up wide left, Jones went down about five yards, made a shoulder fake to the outside, and cut to the inside. Robert Griffin III fired a nice pass to him on the move.

—Back practicing fielding kickoffs were Niles Paul, Trey Williams, Jamison Crowder, Reggie Bell, Andre Roberts, Chris Thompson, and Rashad Ross. I think that Roberts is the favorite to hold on the to job he had last year but he will be pushed.

— DeSean Jackson fielded some punts. I have to wonder if the Redskins are playing it too safe with him. He could be a major asset returning punts. I get the injury risk but is it really significantly worse than it is on plays from scrimmage?

—Jackson also runs pass routes well. Twice he blew pass the defense and caught a long pass from Griffin. Maybe they should keep him in bubble wrap when he’s not running pass patterns.

— Junior Galette did his first on-field work since signing his contract. He did some running and cutting on a side field with one of the assistant coaches.

Silas Redd had a nice run going until SS Duke Ihenacho came up behind him and punched the ball out, just like the coaches have been teaching the defense to do. But Redd, who had some problems holding on to the ball in very limited action last year, needs to work on ball security.

Bashaud Breeland’s day went from bad to worse. He appeared to sustain a knee injury while breaking up a pass. He was down on the turf for several minutes. (Update: The injury may not be as bad as it appeared, see our story here.)

Alfred Morris is looking comfortable running the Redskins power scheme. He glides to the hole. As with everything here, no-pads reality reminder is in effect.

—Yesterday is was Brandon Scherff, today it was Takoby Cofield running a lap around the field after committing a false start.

Chris Thompson had a nice run and later picked up some yardage on a short pass reception. He’s quick and fluid, a natural runner. If he can stay on the field he has a shot to be a very effective third down back.

—Griffin had his play of the day on a short pass to Jamison Crowder. He dropped back and had to slide right to avoid pressure from Terrance Knighton. He stopped and fired to Crowder over the middle. The pass hit the receiver on the move between the 8 and the 0.

Kirk Cousins made up for a rough Thursday with a very good Friday. His best play came late in practice, a deep pass that his Crowder in stride.

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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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