The Washington Redskins are getting ready for their training camp and the start of the 2017 NFL season. Here is a look at how Samaje Perine will fit into their new offense.
Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins had a major goal in mind. Upgrade their defense. The major weakness for their 2017 team was at each level of their stop unit, and they focused on taking defensive players to fix their problems early on. However, one of their best draft picks came when they took their first offensive player off the board in the fourth round.
Running back Samaje Perine of Oklahoma was a steal at the beginning of Day 3. The big, strong runner was overshadowed by teammate Joe Mixon for a majority of his final season, but he is almost as good as the controversial Mixon. Perine is a massive back who routinely broke tackles over the course of his Big 12 career. He set an NCAA record with 427 rushing yards in a single game, and he has big play potential for the next level.
Perine is one of the many Redskins who will be looking to prove themselves early on in their careers. With no starter set in stone at the running back position, Perine will have a chance to impress and possibly win the gig prior to the season. Sure, he will have to compete with second year man Robert Kelley for touches early on, but Perine offers more upside and could have a chance to unseat him early on.
Right now, Perine is a favorite of mine to make a bigger impact on the team than most expect. Part of that is related to the skill set that he will bring to the position.