Portis: Redskins offense needs to 'find rhythm'

Ben Krimmel
December 03, 2018 - 1:43 pm
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The Washington Redskins offense needs to "find rhythm" and get more carries for running back Adrian Peterson, Clinton Ports said on Grant & Danny Monday.

"Offensively we gotta find rhythm," Portis said. "I actually think Colt (McCoy) could make big plays if given the opportunity."

Opportunity was a theme for Portis, arguing Peterson could perform if given more touches.

"If you look at those last four or five weeks he hasn't had the opportunities," Portis said. "You gotta get AP to 20 carries, 20 touches in a game period. He hasn't been there, you gotta give him the opportunity."

In the Redskins' last four games, Peterson has averaged 14 carries and totaled just 171 yards on 56 rushing attempts (3.05 yards per carry). Washington went 1-3 during that stretch. In the three games prior, all Redskins wins, Peterson averaged 22.3 attempts and tallied 345 yards on 67 carries (5.15 per attempt). 

With the lack of carries, Portis said, Peterson hasn't been able to get into a rhythm and help establish the Redskins's run game. 

Portis acknowledged the injuries to offensive lineman Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao have hampered Washington's run game and Peterson's production.

"(The Redskins have) been banged up, you've been shuffling players," Portis said, "So you have a makeshift line in front of him." 

Those changes mean it is a "totally different" mindset for Peterson when playing with different offensive lineman and unfamiliar players, Portis said.

"You gotta get that 1-2 punch established and get into a rhythm," Ports said. "And I just don't see that he's gotten into that rhythm."

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