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Redskins still contemplating who will back up Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson will be on the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster. Beyond that, anything remains possible with the Redskins’ running backs.

Thursday’s preseason finale highlighted the issue. Rob Kelley, on the bubble, ran well and displayed quickness. Kapri Bibbs caught the ball and blocked well. Samaje Perine ran well at times — but also fumbled.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

The fumble might not be a crushing problem if not for the fact that only a quick whistle saved him from another in the opener. That’s two miscues in only 15 carries. He had two fumbles in 175 carries last season, though there were also mishandled exchanges that get credited to the quarterback. But Perine, a former fourth-round pick, has looked quicker and would be attractive to other teams. After the Redskins drafted now-injured Derrius Guice in the second round, they received calls about possible trades, according to a league source.9

“He didn’t get many carries this preseason,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Perine. “He put the ball on the ground twice. That is an issue for me. This definitely has to be cleaned up.”

“It’s very tight, and it’s going to depend on how many we keep and which type we’re going to keep,” Gruden said. “It’s going to come down to first-, second-down backs versus third-down backs. We will have major discussion about that.”

Multiple people in the organization have said they’ll keep only four running backs. Anything can change, but that’s been the consistent number mentioned during the last couple of weeks. Typically, only three are active on game day. There was a definite split in the organization last week over which players to keep, as you’d expect given the fact that all of the running backs showed reasons why they should be kept — or could be cut.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Both were available last year as well, with Marshall on Philadelphia’s practice squad and Bibbs at home. Keep that in mind: The Redskins can like a guy but also feel confident they can get someone comparable if needed. That’s how they ended up with both players in the first place. The same could be said of Kelley and Perine, too. While all have shown reasons why they warrant a roster spot, none have shown that they’re irreplaceable. The key for most running backs: the offensive line. The Redskins need their line to remain healthy to have a better run game than they did in 2017.