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Could Samaje Perine be the Redskins Starter at RB in 2018?

Samaje Perine is expected to start the 2018 season as the starting running back for the Redskins according to Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington.

Perine, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, was not especially impressive in his rookie season with a 3.4 yards-per-carry average and just two touchdowns in eight starts. In his defense, however, no one was very successful running behind the Redskins’ injured offensive line in 2017. The Redskins historically do not invest money or high draft picks so Perine remains the favorite for early-down work and will likely be the team’s goal-line back. Limited involvement in the passing game will stunt his fantasy potential and the presence of road grinder Rob Kelley will likely also limit Perine’s numbers.

Perine suffered an ankle injury in the Week 17 finale, but there’s been nothing said on it to suggest it was serious. Chris Thompson is the most talented back on the roster and deserves more touches but he is not a between-the-tackles runner and is recovering from a broken leg/ankle.


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