Russell: Redskins do not need Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris

Chris Russell
August 12, 2018 - 11:43 pm

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The Washington Redskins officially put Derrius Guice on injured reserve on Saturday, ending his rookie season before it even really began. He won't play again until a year from now, hopefully in the preseason opener of 2019. 

What are they left with? Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and Byron Marshall. Five very realistic options for probably four spots, with a small chance of a fifth. 

Many fans are clamoring and want a big name to replace Guice. They shouldn't. Adrian Peterson? Alfred Morris? Jamaal Charles? 

No thanks! 

The Redskins are so confident in their current group that they didn't even add a young running back to the mix Saturday when they had several roster spots open because of Guice and two others landing on the season-ending injury list. 

The Redskins talked the talk and then they walked the walk by not even signing a young running back, never mind a veteran. 

"We thought he could really help our football team (on the pick of Guice)," Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden said on Saturday. "Not because we weren't satisfied with the backs we had.  With Rob and Samaje, and what Byron [Marshall] did the other night, the flashes he showed off and obviously Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs had a couple big hits. I think we are pretty good at the running back spot." 

It makes very little sense to me at this point to go for a veteran free agent like "All-Day" Adrian Peterson or "Alf" who would return to his first NFL home. 

Sure - that would make for a nice, heartwarming story but Jay Gruden and his coaching staff soured on Morris long before anybody realized they did. They knew that he was a sixth-round back who maxed out in two years under Mike Shanahan and a creative scheme. 

Peterson is business partners with Redskins left tackle Trent Williams in a training gym in Houston but is 33, banged up and inching to the finish line of a great career. Could he help as a warm body? Yes. Is he a starter or a primary ball-carrier at this point? No. 

So why bring him in? To be a guy that gets five carries per game? That's not good for anybody. 

The Redskins could bring in an Orleans Darkwa who had moderate success with the Giants but he fits the mold of what they already have in body type. 

I believe the Skins are much better off waiting to see what happens over the next three preseason games and weeks. As I said on 106.7 The FAN on Friday night, I believe it's more likely they acquire a running back via trade later in August for a player that they were willing to dispose of, more than signing a veteran free agent. 

Why? The Redskins want younger, fresher legs at the position. They know nothing is guaranteed to begin with but you almost have no chance to stay healthy when you are 33 and climbing. 

The only way I see the Redskins going the 'Alf or All-Day' route is if something happens to Kelley or Perine over the next few weeks. Not because they supposedly need a big name veteran now. 

They do NOT! 


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