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RB Rob Kelley - Washington Redskins

6-0, 220Born: 10-3-1992College: TulaneDrafted: ---

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Week 12: vs New York Giants

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Redskins rushing attack has been severely hindered by injuries as they lost Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley in consecutive weeks leaving only Samaje Perine as their only running back who has seen significant carries this season. Perine was a volume workhorse last week as he had 23 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins did make a move to sign Byron Marshall who is a pass receiving back to fill the Thompson departure. Coach Jay Gruden said that Marshall is going to not have much of a choice when it comes to handling the role and even though he only saw three offensive snaps last week it sounds like this could be a spot where that will grow significantly this upcoming week. The Giants run defense is one in which they are incredibly strong up the middle with Damon "Snacks" Harrison and rookie Dalvin Tomlinson leading the way. Outside of this, the rest of the defense has struggled as the linebacking group has been one of the worst in the NFL. B.J. Goodson is expected to be back in the lineup after newly signed Kelvin Sheppard injured himself in the first game he played this season due to a groin issue. This is a defense that is averaging 107 yards per game to opposing running backs on the season, but over the last four weeks is averaging 120 yards per game allowed. This could setup well for Byron Marshall to run outside or Jamison Crowder as the Redskins have been handing the ball off to him about two times per game on sweep plays. Up the middle could cause some issues for Perine who is a very physical runner.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs DAL 12 8 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.9
9 at SEA 26 14 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 13.8
10 vs MIN 10 4 10 0 2 2 4 0 0 1.4
12 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs MIN (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Rob Kelley only had four carries and let this game early due to injury.

2017 Week 9 vs SEA (14 / 18 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rob Kelley had a quiet day running the ball but he did account for both Washington touchdowns. Both of his scores came from the one yard line. There weren't any clean running lanes and he was trying to run behind a banged up offensive line. Rob isn't a homerun threat so volume is his way to steady production. Getting behind schedule on downs and bad blocking has made him unproductive in this offense.

2017 Week 8 vs DAL (8 / 19 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rob Kelley was held in check against Dallas but he did manage a touchdown. Rob is an early down runner and being that they were behind schedule on early downs it forced Washington to bring in their passing down back. Rob only carried the ball eight times in this game and had a tough time finding a rhythm. He was also operating behind a makeshift line which also contributed to his slow afternoon.

2017 Week 7 vs PHI (7 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Rob Kelley only had seven carries as the game script wasn't in his favor. He also got two receptions in this game but ultimately, he wasn't able to establish the running game. He didn't look bad running the ball but being inconsistent on third downs contributed to Washington's inability to get Rob going in the run game.

2017 Week 4 vs KC (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rob Kelley ran effectively before leaving the game with an ankle injury. He had a potential touchdown opportunity but got stuffed at the two yard line. The injuries are starting to pile up for Rob but when healthy he has looked good as the early down running back in Washington.

2017 Week 2 vs LAR (12 / 78 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rob Kelley was possibly on his way to a career high day but left early due to injury. He was up to seventy-eight yards on just twelve carries. He ran downhill and often saw running lanes that made it easy to accelerate. Rob set the tone in today's game but it is unclear how much time he will miss.

2017 Week 1 vs PHI (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Robert Kelley's day running the football was abysmal. He is more of a volume based runner and the offense not being capable of staying on the field hindered his effectiveness. Rob only had ten carries total and averaged three yard per tote. He doesn't have much homerun ability or elusiveness so the tough runs weren't plentiful enough for him to take advantage. He isn't much of a factor in the passing game so with a lackluster run game he was basically nonexistent versus the Eagles.


Latest News

Redskins | Rob Kelley officially placed on IR (Tue Nov 14, 05:21 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle, knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Our View: Kelley's entire 2017 season seemed to be set back by injury. Without him in the lineup, we'll see rookie Samaje Perine take on a larger role as a battering ram between the tackles. No Kelley means we could see Chris Thompson used more as well.
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Redskins | Rob Kelley could go to IR (Mon Nov 13, 03:23 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle, knee) might be placed on the Reserve/Injured list after suffering a high-ankle sprain and a medial collateral ligament sprain in Week 10. Kelley will at least miss multiple games.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to grab rookie RB Samaje Perine off the waiver wire. The big-bodied rookie will serve as the lead back for Washington while Kelley is out. We'll also see plenty of Chris Thompson as per usual.
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Redskins | Rob Kelley facing lengthy absence (Mon Nov 13, 12:42 PM) - Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle, knee) suffered a high ankle sprain and a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee in Week 10.

Our View: The high-ankle sprain alone could force Kelley out for a month. Add in the MCL sprain, and Kelley could miss several weeks. The team will turn to Samaje Perine while Kelley is out, and we could see a few more snaps/carries/targets for explosive change-of-pace back Chris Thompson.
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Redskins | Samaje Perine is best of the lot (Sun Nov 12, 09:12 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Samaje Perine rushed nine times for a team-high 35 yards in the Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings. RB Chris Thompson ran nine times for 26 yards, and RB Rob Kelley had just 10 yards on four totes.

Our View: There's not much going on in the backfield here, and it's getting split up. We were hoping for more consistency and production now that the line is healthy, but the split is killing what little value each back has. At least Thompson catches the ball a lot and added three catches for 41 yards to his overall total. Perine had a 25 yard catch but only one target while Kelley caught both his targets but for a paltry 4 yards.
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Redskins | Rob Kelley injured (Sun Nov 12, 01:39 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ankle, knee) suffered ankle and knee injuries in Week 10 and is considered questionable to return.

Our View: Samaje Perine is in and running better than he did during his earlier stints in the lineup this year.
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