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      Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mocks, Camps, OTAs, Roster Predictions, 2019

      Greetings from BBQ to everyone here at BGO. We hope you are having a good weekend. Hello to everyone on social media. We’d love to have you as a member here and become part of the family.

      OTAs, mini-camp, rookie camp, and the draft have passed into the history books. Training camp will be here in four weeks. We’ll continue to cover it all and give everyone at BGO the best coverage possible.

      BBQ continues our off-season evaluations and today we will take a look at the running backs. Feel free to scroll back in this off-season blog and see what we have said about free agency, the draft, and take a look at what you’re fellow Redskins think of the team transactions over the last several months. BBQ will continue to take a look at each position and provide analysis over the next few weeks. Feel free to offer your own analysis as we go along.

      - Days until Training Camp: 33
      - Days until the first preseason game: 47
      - Days until the Regular Season Opener (Eagles): 78
      - Days until the Cowboys game: 85
      - Days until the Giants game: 106

      Let’s get right to it!

      Running backs:

      Derrius Guice
      Derrius Guice is one year removed from a torn ACL and while he is likely to start, carrying a full load is probably not a good idea. Fortunately, the Redskins have a full stable of running backs and Guice will share that load with others. This plan should allow him to work back into game shape at a good pace. He won’t set any records under such a designed format, but it will save wear and tear on his body. Another aspect of sharing the duties with other backs is that it adds years to a career and he can be effective over a longer period of time. BBQ forecasts 750 yards rushing, twenty-two receptions, and five touchdowns.

      Adrian Peterson
      For anyone who thought Adrian Peterson was done prior to the 2018 season, shame on you (and you too, BBQ). He continues to defy the odds and prove the naysayers wrong. Now he will have the luxury of sharing the backfield with Guice and should keep a set of fresh legs throughout the season. Durability becomes less of a concern with a reduced role, but it can’t be totally overlooked. BBQ forecasts 425 yards rushing, five pass receptions, and three touchdowns.

      Chris Thompson
      Chris Thompson is still the third down back, but he needs to remain healthy. His fragility has been an issue during most of his tenure as a Redskin, but now he could have another situation - some serious competition in 2019. Thompson is one of the better third down backs in the league and is able to gain major chunks of yardage on passing downs. He could face some competition from younger players, but don’t count him out just yet. BBQ forecasts 130 yards rushing, 25 receptions, and three touchdowns.

      Samaje Perine continues to hang on, but his time in a Redskins uniform could be shorter than some may think. He could be cut before the season or traded for current or future assets. Perine could also hang around as insurance if Guice or Peterson is injured. Byron Marshall faces the same fate as Perine – probably much more so. Other running backs on the current roster are no more than camp bodies at this juncture.

      Bryce Love
      Bryce Love could start the season on the PUP list, but keep an eye on him this season. He could actually be a starter by late fall. Yes, a starter. He’s that good, but may need some additional time to heal from a late season injury in 2018. Love could also crack the lineup as a third down back as the season progresses and push Chris Thompson for playing time. Again, keep an eye on Bryce Love.

      There is our latest look at roster position evaluations this off-season. We will feature another position early in the coming week.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mocks, Camps, OTAs, Roster Predictions, 2019 started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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