ASHBURN -- Robert Kelley didn't attract much media attention back during mini-camp or when the Washington Redskins were in Richmond or over the opening seven games of the 2016 regular season. That's not the case anymore.
The dreadlock-wearing running back -- sorry, the undrafted free agent dreadlock-wearing running back -- is now a center of attention player. That's what happens when your head coach says you're remaining in that role as the team returns from their bye week.
“Yeah, you know, right now Robert Kelley is our first-string running back," . When we start the game it’ll be Robert and then we’ll go from there and we’ll decide the rest of the group later on. And then Chris Thompson obviously is penciled in as the third-down guy and No. 2. So after that we’ll make a decision.”
That last decision involves whether Matt Jones, who returned to practice this week after sitting out the Week 8 tie in London with a knee injury, is on the active roster. The third running back must play special teams. Mack Brown is that guy, not Jones. If active, Jones could inherit the spot RB role Kelley served before the switch.
“Yeah, it could, and we still have Mack Brown to talk about too. Mack Brown has been very impressive every day that he does scout team," Gruden said. "You watch him and you’re like, ‘There’s another good run by Mack.’ He’s been excellent. So we have four backs to choose from. We’ll take three on game day and go from there.”
That Jones could be a healthy scratch is stunning considering the 2015 third round pick opened the season as the starter and is averaging an impressive 4.6 yards per carry. Then again, fumbles resurfaced including a brutal turnover in the Week 7 loss at Detroit.
Yet nothing in the Redskins backfield is as stunning as the rise of Kelley, who leads with a 5.0 yards per carry average.
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