Redskins O-line injuries drove Adrian Peterson to drink

Ben Krimmel
November 08, 2018 - 8:47 am
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The Redskins disappointing offensive performance against the Falcons was hard on everybody in the DMV and after starting guards Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherf suffered season-ending injuries, running back Adrian Peterson spent the night with an old friend. 

"Me and my friend Maker's Mark, we had a long night," Peterson said.

Bourbon is not the answer for the Washington offense. (And remember to please, drink responsibly.) However, it is tough to remain optimistic about the Redskins' playoff chances because of the mounting injuries; starting left tackle Trent Williams, who missed last weeks game after having thumb surgery, will miss next Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, as well. 

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"You've just got to stay positive and keep pressing," Peterson said. "It's not the end of the world, and it's not the end of the season for us. We all have to perform better. That's the mindset that I have. ... There's something different when you lose three starters to where your mindset shifts to, 'I just gotta do more than what I was doing before.'"

On Monday Washington announced the signing of three offensive linemen Luke Bowanko, Jonathan Cooper, and Austin Howard to bolster the battered group. 

"The only thing that was working consistently for them was the run game. And the run game, yes it's a running back, but it's five guys working together on that line like a fist," Mike Jones told The Sports Junkies Tuesday. "Now you've got new guys put in place there, it's really going to test the quality of their depth and their coaching."

Peterson managed just 17 yards on nine carries in the Redskins' 38-14 defeat.

"A lot of times that helps you because you have the ability to run gap scheme or zone scheme, whatever it may be," said Chase Roullier, one of the last Washington starting linemen still healthy. "And you can run it based on what the new guys coming in are better at. You can adjust the game plan with that, depending on how that goes. I don't think there's going to be any issue plugging those guys in and continuing to win games."

Adding new players Monday and starting them the following Sunday is a tall order, especially in Week 10 of the NFL season.

"Right now it's just getting to know those guys and talking to them so they feel more comfortable," Peterson said. "But most importantly just knowing that they're going out and playing hard and fast is what we really need right now."

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