Jun 26, 2014, 1:40 PM EST
We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.
27—Rushing plays per game
Some are thinking that the Redskins could become a pass-happy bunch in 2014. They poured a lot of draft resources into Robert Griffin III and he needs to prove his worth before decision time on a new contract comes up. They already had the NFL’s leading receiver in Pierre Garçon and promising tight end Jordan Reed. They added Andre Roberts and the speedy DeSean Jackson. One could easily see the air being filled with footballs wherever they are playing.
But Jay Gruden can’t abandon the run and he probably won’t. In two of his three seasons in Cincinnati the Bengals were in the top 10 in the NFL in rushing attempts. Alfred Morris is a valuable weapon that the Redskins can’t let go to waste. NFL teams averaged 27.1 rushing attempts per year in 2013. If the Redskins wind up around that NFL average when the season is done they probably will have had a pretty solid offensive season.
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