Week 1 of the NFL season is upon us, which means it's time to kickoff the 2016 Breaking Burgundy Mailbag! Each week send us your Washington Redskins related questions via twitter using the hashtag #BBMailbag or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). That's easier than figuring out the team's practice plan for Josh Doctson's.
This is a interesting question because it's really up to Matt Jones. The Redskins are giving their second year back every chance to be the lead dog. They've endorsed his status numerous times this offseason. They also allowed their consistent vet in Alfred Morris walk during free agency because of the faith they have in Jones. It's his job to lose.
Robert Kelley, on the other hand, did open the eyes of Washington's coaching staff this preseason. I do think there's a chance he could supplant Jones as the lead back. But it will boil down to whether the former Gator is healthy and doesn't fumble his way to the bench.
To answer the second question first, it's rare that you find quality defensive line help on the streets this time of the year. The Redskins are stuck with what they have for the most part. So sure, I do think it would be beneficial for the Redskins if two of their younger lineman in Kendall Reyes (26) and Anthony Lanier (23) turn out to be solid contributors.
For Reyes, he has to do a better job at stopping the run. He's built to do it, but he's been extremely inconsistent throughout his career. The Redskins are in dire need of better run stoppers across their defensive line and he could potentially be that. Lanier has the length of a prototypical five tech and could develop into a decent pass rusher. I think that's why the Redskins made it a point to keep the Undrafted rookie. If he can develop, much like Chris Baker did, then that could be huge for the team.
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