The Redskins are strong in several areas, but not all. Ben Standig and Chris Russell on Washington's biggest concerns.
The Washington Redskins will open training camp in Richmond on July 28. Before that nearly three-week event kicks off, Breaking Burgundy will get in their reps for all things Burgundy and Gold. Next up, Ben Standig and Chris Russell on the Burgundy and Gold's biggest concern.
Chris Russell: The run game clearly is a major issue for Washington. Matt Jones has three potential strikes against him in durability, ball security and does he know everything he has to know, or the mental side of the game. The evidence suggests one of those three strikes will win out. Clearly, Jones has ability and if he is running off-tackle and between the tackles, he is most successful. The problem is partially on Jones but also on what is not behind him at the moment. Chris Thompson is a young veteran complimentary piece but is often injured. He missed the entire offseason program. Beyond those two, young running backs Mack Brown, Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley figure to wage a battle throughout August for the primary backup spot.
Sorry but that's not enough to make me feel good. If everybody stays healthy, I would look for a shortly after post week one veteran insurance policy so they don't have to fully guarantee a veteran salary OR signing somebody that's already received the one-time termination pay benefit. Confusing right? This is how the Skins operate under Bruce Allen.
Can Bill Callahan cobble together a workable if not strong left guard/center scenario with the likes of Spencer Long
, Kory Lichtensteiger
, Shawn Lauvao
and Arie Kouandjio
. Sure. Could that group also falter seeing as Lauvao is coming off a serious ankle injury, Lichtensteiger labored before a neck injury curtailed his 2015 campaign and the other two, while promising, are hardly proven? Uh huh. The other 3/5 of the line are good to great and overall Washington should be fine up front.
The thing is, fine might not be good enough considering the running back concerns and most of all, the pressure-packed situation set up for quarterback Kirk Cousins
. If the Redskins sort out this unit during training camp or at least before the preseason games, then primary team concern shifts elsewhere. If questions linger into the Week 1 matchup with Pittsburgh...
Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.
Chris Russell is a senior writer for Breaking Burgundy, longtime reporter on the Redskins beat and radio host for 1067 The Fan. Follow Chris on Twitter @russellmania621.
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