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Can Alex Smith Improve the Redskins in 2018?

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The Washington Redskins have ended the Kirk Cousins era and they have a new one to start in 2018; this one will be under former Kansas City Chief quarterback Alex Smith. Smith may not the best quarterback in the league in anyone’s mind but he is solid enough to build on. Smith was quietly effective for the Chiefs, and there is no reason to think he can’t do the same for the Redskins. The Redskins are hoping what will help Smith is a solid trio of running backs, three players that will not force him to throw any more than he needs to.

Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine form an exciting trio and, on their day, they are as good as any other running back committee in the league. They have the ability to gain important yards, make themselves available for catches from the backfield and score touchdowns. While all the talk is about Alex Smith and his ability to lead this team, those three players are going to be huge in any success that he has this season. Samaje Perine showed flashes of brilliance last season, showing why the Redskins drafted him in 2017, and even more is expected from him this coming season.

Samaje Perine” by Keith Allison (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thompson WAS brilliant until landing on the injured reserve.

Kelley never really got rolling in 2017, but he was the horse in 2016. Washington will be hoping to see that “Fat Rob” return in 2018, and likely battle Perine in Training Camp for the right to get every ball not given to Thompson.

With a fresh start and a new quarterback, it would not be a surprise to see many of the game’s leading experts fancy Washington to do well this season. While some say Smith is a downgrade on Cousins, could Smith be a better fit, and his conservative style actually aid the Redskins? Seeing them tipped up to win more games than they lose this coming season could be a possibility. With Champion Bets you can get all the latest NFL tips from their experts, and see if they side with the Washington Redskins in 2018.

The Redskins obviously can’t just run the ball though. When Smith does throw the ball, he has a few targets that will help him out. Thompson is electric out of the backfield, and Tight end Jordan Reed is one of the game’s very best when he is healthy. Reed only played six games in 2017, and Redskins fans know all too well that that’s a norm, not an exception, but when playing, there’s no doubt that he is a tremendous asset. Smith also has wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson to aim for, who both have ability but were disappointing in 2017. The upcoming draft could still provide a piece of the puzzle too.

The main focus of the Redskins game in 2018 is expected to be running with the ball. That will take the pressure off Alex Smith in his first year with the team, and also play to his strengths a little. There is no doubting that the trifecta of running backs on the team could be enough to carry the offense, and with a little help from Smith, the Redskins could improve upon a disappointing 2017 season.

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Samaje Perine Emerging to Keep Redskins in Playoff Hunt

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FedEx Stadium Washington Redskins” by Kevin Coles (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Washington Redskins are keeping their playoff hopes alive as we enter the final few weeks of the regular season. They have a current record of 5-6, and they still have work to do but they are sticking in there, and showing encouraging fighting qualities, despite the odds being against them.

The Redskins have been hit hard by injuries at the running back position recently, with Rob Kelley going on injury reserve and then emerging star Chris Thompson suffering a horrific break of his fibula and ending up in the same place. The departure of these two has left a huge hole in the Redskins backfield, and that has put more pressure on quarterback Kirk Cousins to throw the ball. However, he has started getting some help in the form of a rookie, Samaje Perine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Redskins Offensive Line Powers Running Game Against Rams

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The Washington Redskins were held to 64 total rushing yards in their season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles; it was one of the key reasons the team lost 30-17. A week after the embarrassing loss, the Redskins turned to their running game to lead them past the Los Angeles Rams, 27-20.

This week, NFL betting sites have the Redskins as underdogs against the Oakland Raiders, but the Redskins believe they have what it takes to get the win.

During the offseason, Washington coach Jay Gruden emphasized that he wanted to have a more balanced offense, after relying heavily on quarterback Kirk Cousins last year. It was difficult to get their run game going against the Eagles in their season opener because they fell behind quickly.

Against the Rams, the Redskins could run the ball more since because they didn’t have to deal with a big deficit, and they finished the game with a healthy 229 net rushing yards. Washington should be able to get some yards on the ground this week because the Raiders allowed the Jets to rush for 126 yards last week, and have been shaky on defense this season. They’re averaging 4.8 yards per carry (against) in the first two games, and will have to do better than that against the Redskins. Read the rest of this entry »

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