An MRI on Redskins RB Derrius Guice's injured left knee revealed a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ugh. That'll end the rookie's season after a buzz-worthy spring and summer. It's worth noting that this is the same knee that Guice hyperextended at LSU last year, although it's unclear if that had anything to do with the ACL. The silver lining here is that Guice will have over 12 months to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. Washington is now back to Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine as early-down backs. Neither is an inspiring option. Kelley is averaging 3.9 yards per carry through 2 NFL seasons, while Perine mustered just 3.4 as a rookie last year. Kelley ran ahead of Perine in Washington's preseason opener on Thursday night, so consider him the favorite to lead the Redskins in carries for now. But the situation will be worth watching over the next month. Neither guy figures to reach beyond RB3 status, though. RB Chris Thompson will continue to dominate passing-down work in this backfield.
Washington RB Derrius Guice left Thursday night's preseason opener with a left knee issue. He was seen standing on the sideline after getting the joint checked, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the rookie will have an MRI Friday. We'll check out the results of that before reacting in our fantasy rankings. Guice dealt with nagging left knee trouble over his final season at LSU.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson admitted Tuesday that he doesn't expect to be back to 100% from last year's broken leg until November. "I'm still nervous about making cuts," Thompson said. "I'm nervous about 'what happens if this guy falls and hits my ankle?' ... It's a big mental game." Thompson has been participating in camp and looking good, by most accounts. But any kind of hesitation from a guy who relies on beating defenders with speed, quickness and change-of-direction is noteworthy. Especially with talented rookie Derrius Guice added to the backfield. Thompson continues to be overvalued at his early-7th-round ADP.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson is ready for the start of training camp after going down with a broken leg last November. "I'm feeling pretty good right now, I will start practicing w/ the guys from day one but just taking it slowly," he said Monday. "The focus is to really be ready by that first regular season game." That broken leg shouldn't be a factor this year, but Thompson's lengthy injury history remains a concern. It's also possible he loses targets with the return of TE Jordan Reed and the addition of rookie RB Derrius Guice. We're avoiding Thompson at his 7th-round ADP.
Receiving ability is the biggest on-field question for Redskins rookie RB Derrius Guice. He totaled just 32 catches across 3 seasons at LSU, topping out at 18 last year. But he's impressed in that facet this spring. "Any questions about his ability catching passes are over," insider JP Finlay writes. HC Jay Gruden, meanwhile, said "it's been very exciting" watching Guice in the passing game. Chris Thompson figures to remain Washington's primary pass-catching back this season. But if Guice can even tally 25-30 receptions, he'll have a shot to out-produce his current RB21 ADP.
The Redskins stopped LSU RB Derrius Guice’s slide, taking him with the 59th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Guice reportedly slipped due to a bad pre-draft process which included missing meetings and workouts. Off-field stuff aside, he’s a borderline 1st-round talent. Guice was uber-productive on the ground for the Tigers, totaling 3,074 yards and 29 TDs on a 6.5 yards-per-carry average over the past 3 seasons. He ripped off 7.8 yards per carry across 2015 and 2016 in the same backfield as Leonard Fournette, who averaged 6.5 in those 2 seasons (although Fournette played through an ankle injury in 2016). Guice dealt a knee injury last year and saw his yards per carry dip to 5.3. When healthy, though, this guy is a explosive, tenacious runner who’s drawn Marshawn Lynch comps. The biggest question with Guice is his pass-catching ability. He caught just 32 balls over the past 3 seasons — although it’s worth noting that this current LSU offense doesn’t use its RBs in the passing game. Fournette, for example, totaled 40 receptions in 3 college seasons and then caught 36 balls as a rookie. This is a nice landing spot for Guice, who will only need to beat out Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley for the lead ball-carrying role. RB Chris Thompson will continue to dominate the pass-catching work.
Washington RB Chris Thompson had surgery on his fractured right fibula in early December and told ESPN's John Keim he expects to be back in time for the start of training camp. The expected recovery timeline is 4-6 months. We'll keep an eye on his progress throughout the offseason after Thompson grew into a key offensive role in 2017. Regardless of his status, however, we'd expect Washington to again address a backfield that struggled largely outside of Thompson's efforts.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson has a fractured fibula and needs surgery, HC Jay Gruden said after Sunday's loss to the Saints. It's a season-ending injury for Thompson. This is a massive loss for Washington. Thompson entered Week 11 leading the team in both rushing and receiving yards. There's no one else on the roster who can do what he does. RB Samaje Perine saw some passing-down action vs. the Saints but dropped 1 of his 2 targets. He might get a slight boost in that facet going forward, but don't expect big receiving production. Most of Thompson's targets figure to be spread among Washington's WRs and TEs.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson was carted off the field in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in New Orleans with his right leg in an air cast. It obviously looks like a serious injury. It's a big loss for fantasy owners and an even bigger loss for the Redskins.
Washington OC Matt Cavanaugh told CSN Mid Atlantic recently that RB Rob Kelley "obviously has earned" the right to remain the team's lead back heading into this season. It's not surprising to find the incumbent getting the 1st shot there. But Cavanaugh's wording seems a bit strong for a player who reached 80 yards just 3 times last year. Kelley was solid overall, including rankings of 17th and 15th in Football Outsiders' main rushing efficiency metrics. Pro Football Focus graded him 26th among RBs. But Kelley was a dud as a pass-blocker. And he averaged 4.0 yards per carry across a 4-year Tulane career that never saw him reach 100 attempts in a season. Samaje Perine looks like the highest-upside fantasy back in Washington right now. If you own Kelley in dynasty, we'd recommend trying to sell before he does lose the starting job.
Washington RB Chris Thompson signed his restricted free agent tender this week. It's a 1-year contract with the team; we wouldn't bet on a longer-term extension. Thompson reached double-digit carries just once last season and surpassed 40 receiving yards only once as well. He's not much of a week-to-week fantasy football option but returns to an open backfield that sports Rob Kelley as its current lead back. We're expecting Washington to add someone in the NFL Draft.
Washington RB Chris Thompson notched a 25-yard TD run in Sunday's win over the Eagles. That was the highlight among 3 total rushes for 38 yards. Thompson added just 1 target, which fell incomplete. He's nowhere near enough volume on a consistent basis to be a fantasy factor in any but the deepest of fantasy football leagues the rest of the way.
Redskins RB Matt Jones is inactive for today's game against the Vikings. He wasn't listed on the final injury report, so he looks like a healthy scratch. RB Mack Brown is active behind RBs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson. Jones looks droppable in most fantasy leagues.
Redskins RB Matt Jones (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. HC Jay Gruden said earlier in the week that rookie Rob Kelley will step in as Washington's lead back. He'll lose some carries and most of the passing-down work to RB Chris Thompson, though. Kelley is the slightly better play in non-PPR leagues; Thompson gets the edge in PPR.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Wednesday that RB Robert Kelley would be in the "lead role" against the Bengals on Sunday if RB Matt Jones' knee issue keeps him out. “Chris [Thompson] has such an important role as far as third downs and his specialty role that we need him in that role, and he’s not a very big guy," Gruden said. "We don’t want to give him the ball 35 times between the tackles, you know? We’d like to have a more physical guy do that.” The lead role has netted Jones 14.1 carries per game this season. That'd be a fair Week 8 projection for Kelley if Jones sits. Thompson would figure to remain in the 6-10 carry range with the majority of the pass-catching work.
Redskins RB Matt Jones was held out of Wednesday's practice with what HC Jay Gruden described as "knee soreness." We'll see if he's able to get back on the field Thursday before Washington heads to London. If Jones misses Sunday's game against the Bengals, RBs Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley would share the backfield.
Redskins RB Matt Jones (shoulder) returned to practice on Monday but was sporting a non-contact jersey, per insider Mike Jones. He's making progress but still has at least 1 hurdle to clear in order to play in next Monday night's opener against the Steelers. We'll be tracking Jones' progress throughout the week. If he out, Rob Kelley would likely serve as Washington's lead back, with Chris Thompson also potentially taking on a bigger role.
The Redskins announced that RB Matt Jones suffered an AC sprain in his shoulder in Friday night's preseason game. The severity of the sprain will determine exactly how long he's out, but consider him week-to-week for now. Jones could be back in time for Week 1, but any missed time is unfortunate for a guy expected to step into the lead role this year. Jones' absence leaves Washington's backfield to Chris Thompson, Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley. Marshall certainly has the most upside of the group but hasn't looked NFL-ready through 2 preseason games.
Matt Jones is the Redskins' "workhorse back," according to the Washington Post's Mike Jones. "At least that's the plan," he adds somewhat ominously. That jibes with basically everything we've heard this offseason. Jones is going to get a shot to establish himself as the clear lead dog. If he struggles with ball security or doesn't improve on last year's 3.4 yards per carry, though, Washington could turn to some combination of Keith Marshall and Chris Thompson. Jones is going in the middle of the 6th round in recent MFL10s.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan raved about rookie RB Keith Marshall on Monday and called his team's backfield a "2-headed monster." Marshall is "a 1-cut guy, and when he puts his foot in the ground, he can fly," McCloughan said. "And you know, Matt [Jones] is gonna be Matt, and I think Matt's gonna be a really good player for us. But as you know ... it's a 2-headed monster in the backfield." McCloughan later added that it could even be a 3-headed monster, presumably referring to change-of-pace type Chris Thompson. This is the 1st time we've heard from Washington that Marshall could be a threat to Jones' workload. We'll be keeping a close eye on this backfield in preseason action.
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