Jun 22, 2016, 5:20 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 22, 36 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 164 days ago. It will be 82 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Redskins training camp starts 36; Preseason opener @ Falcons 50; Final roster cut 73
Top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2016
Here are the top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2016 based on rushing yards gained last year.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings (1,485 yards)—I have to say that a year ago I was skeptical that could lead the league in rushing at age 30 after having sat out most of 2014 but I was wrong. I’m not sure he’ll repeat the feat this year but at 31 he still is likely to be a handful when the Redskins host the Vikings in Week 10.
Darren McFadden, Cowboys (1,089 yards)—Will it be McFadden, who suffered a fractured elbow earlier this month in an effort to keep his cell phone from hitting the floor after he dropped it? Or will the Redskins see more of rookie Ezekiel Elliott? Or perhaps old friend Alfred Morris? It will probably be some combination of the three. It won’t really matter; with that Cowboys O-line leading the way the Redskins’ defense had better tighten up their chin traps.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers (989 yards)—Stewart is entering his ninth season but he’s only 29 and coming off of his second-best career rushing season. He won’t be the only rushing threat on the field; Cam Newton rolled for 636 yards last year.
DeAngelo Williams, Steelers (907)—Williams took over when Le’Veon Bell went out in Week 6 with multiple torn knee ligaments. Bell himself said that the knee is “very compromised” so he may take some time to get up to speed. Although few have Bell’s level of talent Williams is very capable and there is no reason for the Redskins to relax if Bell is out or limited in Week 1.
Rashad Jennings, Giants (863)—Jennings is a decent back but the fact that he’s on the top five here tells me that the Redskins are avoiding many of the league’s better ball carriers this year. He didn’t do much in two games against the Redskins last year, gaining 46 yards on 17 carries.
The Cardinals will be tough to defend on the ground with their trio of Chris Jonson (814 rushing yards), David Johnson (581), and Andre Ellington (289).
I can also see the Bengal’s two-pronged rushing attack with Jeremy Hill (794 yards) and Giovani Bernard (730) being tough for the Redskins to stop.
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