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TW3: Redskins will deal Cousins--someday

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TW3: Redskins will deal Cousins--someday

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 10, eight days before the Redskins host the Steelers at FedEx Field.

That Was the Week That Was

—It’s as simple as this—you want a coach who is overly protective of his players’ health when they are rehabbing from injuries and you want a player who wants to get in there and play. In the RG3-Shanahan relationship right now, it’s better to have disagreement than to have the player agree with the coach or, worse, the coach agree with the player.

—Jawan Jamison was a healthy scratch on Thursday (the NFL credits him with one special teams snap) but that doesn’t mean that his chances of making the roster are diminishing. In the preseason Mike Shanahan likes to rotate his running back by the game in the preseason, not by the quarter. He mostly used Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. Look for them to get a breather against the Steelers and for Jamison and, if he’s healthy, fellow rookie Chris Thompson to get some more action.

—The Redskins are likely to deal Kirk Cousins at some point in time but later rather than sooner. Of course he’ll be around this year and there is no reason to be in a big hurry to trade him in 2014. Cousins will have two years left on his contract at that point so why trade him unless you get an offer that blows you away? In 2015 he will have on year left on his deal so that would be the last chance to trade him and get some draft pick value for him before he would likely hit free agency in 2016. That should give them enough time to figure out who will back up RG3 moving forward.

—One positive aspect of the Titans game was that there were no turnovers although a key fumble was nullified by a penalty. That’s pretty good in a game with three different quarterbacks and a total of 17 different players handling the ball. The takeaway side of the ledger registered a zero, too. They forced no fumbles but they had legitimate shots at an interception. That was early in the game when it looked like David Amerson had two hands on a Jake Locker pass but he couldn’t hold on. In the second half it looked like Richard Crawford had come up with an end zone pick but the officials ruled it incomplete and there wasn't enough evidence to overturn.

—It should be noted that even though the penalty that nullified that nice Lance Lewis’ nice TD run and catch in the third quarter was charged to tackle Xavier Nixon, it wasn’t his fault. He was supposed to be covered on the line by a wide receiver but the WR didn’t line up right.

—What has not been noted is that the Redskins win over the Tennessee snapped an 11-game home preseason winning streak for the Titans. Well, maybe it hasn’t been noted because it was/is utterly meaningless. But in any case I wouldn’t want to be a Titan this week; Mike Munchak is serious about winning when it doesn’t count.

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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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