Adrian Peterson is set to meet with the Washington Redskins today (8/20/18) as the Redskins have lost many running backs to injury. Most notably, Derrius Guice went down in preseason week one with an ACL tear against the Patriots. Guice was the Redskins second round pick that was considered the second best running back in the class behind Saquon Barkley. To add to that, Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall have ankle injuries, and Martez Carter was placed on injury waivers with an undisclosed injury. That leaves Rob Kelley as the unquestioned starter, Chris Thompson as the third down back, and Kapri Bibbs who has not proved he can play at the NFL level.
Adding Peterson seems to be a quality move as the current roster does not have a backup that has proven he can run the ball behind Rob Kelley. Last season Peterson ran for 529 yards and 2 touchdowns. He played on two teams and had an all-around messed up season. His last full season was in 2015 where he ran for a league leading 1,485 yards and 11 TDs. It would certainly be worth a shot to sign the seven time Pro Bowl running back. Peterson is still determined to play saying “I fly in tonight. I’m down for working out or whatever I have to do to make the team.” Hopefully we have not seen the last of AP.
The Redskins have already had visits with Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa this week. Charles could certainly serve as the backup third-down-back while Chris Thompson takes the bulk of the work. I would love to see Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles team up again. The Redskins could easily bring in any one of these backs, but if they had to pick one, Orleans Darkwa is the guy. While he hasn’t had the Hall of Fame peak that AP and Charles have had, the best running back of the three in 2018 is Darkwa. Last season Darkwa ran for 751 yards (4.4 YPC) and 5 touchdowns. He is the prototypical back up running back. I have no idea how he is still without a job, but he absolutely deserves one. That said, this news has got me excited to see what Adrian Peterson can bring in his age 33 season. Ideally he cracks this roster or finds another team with a lack of running back depth.
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