The Washington Redskins pre-season is now complete, finishing the pre-season off Wednesday night with a 20-13 to finish 3-1. Now the hard part for the coaching staff comes, pairing the roster down to the final 53. The last pre-season game certainly made some decision roughter, particularly at running back.
With Matt Jones health questionable, Washington got a long look at undrafted rookies Robert Kelly and Mack Brown in the final two pre-season weeks. They have to like what they’ve seen. Brown finished out the pre-season finale, gaining 149 yards on 19 carrier (7.8 YPC) which included a nifty 60 yard TD scamper in heavy rain. Kelley had a nice game as well, gaining 99 yards on 16 carries (6.2 YPC). Over the last two weeks, Kelley ran 28 times for 150 yards, averaging 5.4 YPC. Meanwhile, Brown carried the ball 30 times for 192 yards, that’s 6.4 yards a pop. Good, solid numbers for both running backs. With Matt Jones and Chris Thompson guaranteed spots, will the Redskins carry four running backs? Brown led Redskins rushers this pre-season with 227 yards. That’s the coaching staff’s ultimate decision.
After that decision is made, the Redskins coaching staff ill then have to decide how each back will be utilized. Can Matt Jones really be a feature back? Given health issues two consecutive years and fumbling issues on the field, I’m sure the Redskins coaches do not hold full confidence. Could they look at a running back by committee approach? Given the different strengths of each runner, it makes the most sense.
Other News and Notes:
Center Kory Litchensteiger took a pay cut to stay in Washington. According to multiple media sources, Litch agreed to reduce his salary from $3.5 million to $2.25 million for the 2016 season. Litch can earn all that money back through incentives.
Former Redskins Stephen Paea is joining Robert Griffin III in Cleveland. After his release this past week, Paea signed the deal with the Browns on Friday.