Redskins Breakdown: Team shows nothing in embarrassing loss to Chargers
Running Game: Samaje Perine can’t find space against Chargers
If there was any bit of optimism for the Redskins as they were looking at the Chargers on paper, it was that their run defense had been one of the worst in the league coming into the contest. However, that was a bit of a mirage. The Chargers had been without Denzel Perryman, one of their best linebackers, for part of the year, and without him the run defense was weak. With him in, they were much better.
This week, the Redskins saw the latter version of the Chargers defense. The one with Perryman. As a result, the Chargers front was able to plug the gaps and Perryman and company were able to shoot through and stop Samaje Perine for little to no gain on many runs. Perine still saw a lot of action, but he only managed to put up 45 yards on his 17 carries. Today his offensive line did him no favors, and the lack of ability to run enough outside zone plays limited his impact.
It should be note that Byron Marshall, the team’s current third down back, limped off the field following a kickoff return. He suffered a hamstring injury and was unable to return. It looked like he just pulled up lame, so his injury will be worth monitoring.
In his stead, undrafted rookie LeShun Daniels saw his first action. Daniels only got a couple of carries, but he managed 12 yards. He’s not likely to be in the team’s long term plans, but he could see more action down the stretch if Marshall’s injury is serious.