Redskins: Five bold predictions for Thursday’s preseason debut
By Ian Cummings
No. 2 – Shaun Wilson leads the team in rushing yards
I consider myself a relatively fast, physically fit civilian human being. But when I timed myself in the 40-yard dash, I ran a 5.4. A tenth slower than Tom Brady. Even the most un-athlteic NFL players are three tiers above most of the public. That offensive lineman who ran a sub-5.00 40-yard dash last year? He’d be serving dust for breakfast. The fastest running back? He’d win with a second head start. NFL players are a tier above, at the very least. But why tell you this anyway?
Because Shaun Wilson‘s speed might be near the very top.
Wilson went undrafted in 2018 and only spent one season with the Buccaneers before the Redskins signed him late in the 2019 offseason. But in limited training camp reps, he showed off his turbo button, outrunning the entire defense on numerous occasions. He has the quickness to hit holes at the line, and the breakaway speed to make the most out of every opportunity.
With his speed, Wilson could very well lead the team in rushing yards in the preseason debut, and Jay Gruden may want to give him some chances in the passing game as well. The Redskins are deep at running back, but that doesn’t mean Wilson has to make the decision easy.