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Redskins RB Robert Kelley Ready To Cut Down The Competition

The Redskins haven't used Robert Kelley on offense yet. Expect that to change soon. Expect the rookie running back to be ready.

ASHBURN -- This is not some Washington Redskins circa 2014 joke, but Robert Kelley is winning off the field. His roommate, fellow rookie Keith Marshall, paid the price. The prize?

"The master bedroom," Kelley explained. "We did rock, paper, scissors. First person to win it all. I got scissors."

Going away from the classic "rock" choice shows some shrewdness on the part of the undrafted free agent.

When it comes to carrying the rock, perhaps Kelley needs to get a game of rock, paper, scissors going with his head coach.

Washington's run-pass balance is all out of whack after two games.  That the Redskins haven't given Kelley any work offensively is also curious after pre-season comments suggesting they would do just that.

"That’s probably one of the most disappointing things so far is we haven’t gotten him involved yet," Gruden said this week. "That’s probably [because] we’ve been behind a little bit; we haven’t gotten our running game going like we want."

Talk about an understatement. Washington's 29 rush attempts rank last in the NFL. There were opportunities for more work in each of the first two games, but the calls typically went for an aerial attack.

Based on simple law of averages, the Redskins likely find greater balance at New York in Week 3 even though the Giants rank fourth in run defense (71 yards per game). Based on Gruden's comments before the season and this week, look for Kelley to see the field.

"I’d like to get him some touches this week and I do feel comfortable," Gruden said of Kelley. "I think he’s got great vision, got a great, low center of gravity. He’s like in between Chris [Thompson] and Matt [Jones]. He’s not as big as Matt and he’s not as quick as Chris, but he’s got great vision and he’s a big, solid running back and I’d like to see what he can do and hopefully that’ll come Sunday.”

Kelley is shining in his special teams work -- "I graded out as a 100 (last week)" --- and remaining his usual upbeat self while he waits for his turn on offense.

"I don't worry about it. I know one thing. My time will come. Right now I just play my role, help the team and build those guys up on the sideline," Kelley told Breaking Burgundy. "When I go out there in practice, I try to go as hard as I can," "Try to stay in shape, stay on top of my game so when my time comes I can perform when I need to."

Considering he entered training camp a roster long shot, the Tulane product has impressed the coaching staff as one of three running backs on the roster.

"I feel like I've proved everything I need to prove at this point," Kelley said. "Obviously there will be more challenges."

When the time comes, the rookie will be ready to cut down the competition. Just ask his roommate living in the smaller space. 

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+.

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