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Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden doesn't expect to go looking for another running back after losing promising rookie Derrius Guice to a torn ACL in his left knee in the preseason opener.
"We have guys that are here and in play Authentic Geron Christian Jersey ," Gruden said, noting that the Redskins drafted Guice because he was the best player available in the 59th spot, "not because we weren't satisfied with the backs we have."
The contenders as the No. 1 back now start with Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine.
Kelley, with 16 starts in two seasons, missed most of last season with a variety of injuries but ran for 704 yards and six touchdowns in 2016. Perine made eight starts last season and became the first Redskins running back with consecutive 100-yard performances since Alfred Morris in 2013. He had 603 yards and one TD last season.
Nonetheless, the Redskins' 90.5-yard rushing average was fifth-worst in the NFL, and Guice was looked at as a great find in the second round. Projected as a first-round pick, his stock fell amid reports of character concerns.
Gruden said none of those ever surfaced and he looks forward to Guice being 100 percent next season.
"We're obviously very upset for Derrius. He's put a lot of work in and (had) a very promising rookie season ahead of him, but unfortunately these injuries happen," Gruden said. "... We had high hopes for him and what he could do for this football team and what he would accomplish his rookie year as a person and all that good stuff."
Instead, he's hoping Kelley, Perine or veteran third-down specialist Chris Thompson, who is recovering from a broken fibula last season, can create as much excitement.
"I've been impressed with both of those guys," Gruden said about Kelley and Perine. "A lot of talk has been on Derrius and deservedly so. He's had a great camp and OTAs, but Rob Kelley has lost a little bit of weight. He looks quicker in the hole to me and Samaje just looks more comfortable to me. He had a couple nice licks in the game the other night."
An increased opportunity was secondary in Kelley's mind after practice Saturday.
"It's real tough," Kelly said about Guice's injury. "He brought an energy I can't even explain to the room. I feel like everybody in the room feels a certain type of way about that. Just want to go out there and compete for him."
Kelley Authentic Deadrin Senat Jersey , based on his own experience with injuries, also offered Guice some advice.
"I just told him to come back stronger than ever, show people what they're missing out on," he said.
Star linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said he learned about Guice's status Friday when he came to the team's practice facility, and "it kind of took me a couple of minutes to get going with my workout and whatnot. ... He was the focal point of 'Skins camp, I would say, so far. I mean, people were wondering how many yards this guy's going to rush for and if they should pick him for their fantasy team. Things like that. People were really excited for him."
In the interim, the season goes on, and the Redskins running backs and everyone else will get to show their stuff against a different team in the next three days as the New York Jets come to Richmond for joint workouts.
"The Jets have a great run defense. They always have," Gruden said. "... So, just to get a different look, different perspective on how they do things, different speed at linebacker, safeties are very, very good over there so, we have to account for them. I mean there's a lot of things that they do differently that we'll have to account for and it'll be interesting to see how we adjust. So Authentic Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey , running backs, offensive linemen, tight ends in the running game, receivers in the running game. So, I think everybody will get a good-great challenge against these guys."
Notes: The Redskins signed tight end J.P. Holtz, linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive lineman Jalen Wilkerson, waived fullback Elijah Wellman and placed Guice and tight end Manasseh Garner on their reserve-injured list. ... Gruden said defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis has a slight sprained ankle and a slight knee strain and is listed as week-to-week, but added: "Matt's a tough guy and he'll probably get back here tomorrow. He's a nutjob." ... The Jets' arrival means Terrelle Pryor will be back in Richmond. Pryor caught 20 passes last season for the Redskins, but was hobbled by injuries.For victorious sports teams these days, the confetti and champagne are apt to be accompanied by a politically fraught question: Are you going to the White House?
What used to be one of the most innocuous photo-ops in sports is anything but. Going – or not going – has become a political statement in the era of President Donald Trump, who has managed to draw athletes into his game, whether they want to play or not.
”If you do go, you’re associating yourself with his policies,” said Howard Bryant, author of ”The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America and the Politics of Patriotism.” ”If you don’t go, you run the risk of branding yourself as not having enough respect for the office.”
This week Roquan Smith Jersey Elite , Trump canceled a White House celebration for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles after it became clear very few players planned to attend.
Trump instead went to his go-to play: attacking as un-American the NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem to protest police killings of black men. (In truth, none of the Eagles took a knee this past season.)
In the NBA, both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have already rejected a White House celebration, however their championship matchup turns out.
And the Villanova Wildcats – this year’s NCAA men’s basketball champions, who also won in 2016 and celebrated with President Barack Obama – will have to decide, if an invitation comes, whether to return to Washington for a ceremony with Trump.
”Sports are not a distraction from politics – they are politics by a different means,” said University of Southern California sociologist Ben Carrington. ”Because Trump’s administration is so highly charged, it’s understandable that many players would refuse to attend. It’s happened before, but never on this scale.”
Before Trump took office, one of the biggest fusses to emerge from a White House victory celebration was the great flip-flop incident of 2005, when the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse championship team wore the sandals to meet President George W. Bush.
In snubbing the Eagles, Trump praised other championship teams that have attended White House celebrations during his administration, among them the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Houston Astros.
Athletes are now being put in the position of taking a patriotic litmus test during their shining moment of victory, said Cornell University professor Grant Farred.
”It’s incredibly difficult for these athletes, and not a choice they have imposed on themselves,” Farred said. ”A reporter is asking you about your win Youth Kyle Lauletta Jersey , and you’re now having to deal with an obviously political question, not of your making. It’s not a good situation to be in, one way or the other.”
Asked about the feud on Wednesday, the Eagles tried to move on. Rather than answer reporters’ questions, safety Malcolm Jenkins silently held up poster boards referring to problems he has worked to change, including urban violence and mass incarceration.
For two years, the NFL protests have divided fans, largely along racial lines, and given Trump a powerful issue with which to fire up his core supporters.
During the season, the president referred to the protesting players as ”sons of bitches” and suggested at a rally in Alabama before a mostly white audience that they be fired. Last month, in response to the NFL owners’ decision to punish kneeling, Trump said players who continue to protest ”maybe shouldn’t be in the country.”
Farred said that while Trump is likely to return to the issue, he risks overplaying his hand: ”How many swing voters can he afford to alienate?”
The question could come up again soon, with the Washington Capitals on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights. Though they may have to confront the question of whether to go to the White House, for most of the players, their patriotism would not be at issue.
Only three of the Capitals are American.
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