Washington Redskins' Running Game Will Own Opponents In 2014

By Jason Bailey
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After watching the Washington Redskins offensive line take apart the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ defensive front, I have come the conclusion that the Redskins’ ground game won’t be needing any help. Washington’ offensive backfield is loaded with hungry ball carriers, who were chomping at the bits for one last opportunity to one-up their peers in the battle for the coveted third spot on the  team’s depth chart — one that already boasts a strong ground game.

The Redskins’ second- and third-team offensive lines completely owned the Buccaneers’ defensive front. Chris Thompson, Silas Redd, Lache Seastrunk and Evan Royster punched their way right through Tampa Bay’s defensive fronts almost at will.

Unfortunately, Royster’s net performance didn’t stand out in the final results. Redd powered his way into the end zone from a yard out, and Thompson added 18 yards to his preseason total. However, it was Seastrunk who made the biggest noise, scoring on an 80-yard touchdown pass. Apparently, he heard he needed to up his game for roster consideration during Washington’s preseason finale, and it’s safe to say he delivered.

Further evaluation of the game film would also suggest that the Redskins’ coaching staff probably won’t be losing much sleep over the team’s depth along the offensive front and interior. The sound and decisive execution that the second- and third-team reserves showed against Tampa Bay should only reinforce one fact: Washington has fielded the NFL‘s top-five ground games in consecutive seasons. That is something that looks to be repeated the foreseeable future.

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