The Redskins have a new, old lead back. Adrian Peterson makes his return to the starting lineup with Derrius Guice out for an as-yet-to-be-known amount of time. Jay Gruden announced the decision Wednesday. Just one week after getting a DNP-Coach's Decision, Peterson will likely see his fair share of carries Sunday.
All signs are pointing toward Jordan Reed making his return to actio as well. As he continues to progress from concussion symptoms, the tight end was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Case Keenum is keen to get the play-maker back as the key to victory against Dallas might just be airing the ball out. Keenum might have Reed, but he'll definitely have rookie Terry McLaurin, who accomplished a rare feat in Week 1, alongside a handful of rookie wide receiver across the league who stepped up big early.
Breaking: Adrian Peterson named starting RB vs Cowboys :: Redskin Maven
Head coach Jay Gruden made it official during his Wednesday presser, Peterson will line up at running back, starting against the Cowboys on Sunday. Peterson and the Redskins will look to heal the still-fresh wound from last Sunday, when he was deactivated against the Eagles. Peterson is not a special teams contributor, making him expendable on the game day roster until Guice went down with yet another knee injury.
At least, that's how Gruden saw it. Others, likely including Peterson in private quarters, disagreed.
Redskins Week 2 Player Power Rankings :: Redskin Maven
The Redskins top three players all make their money on the line of scrimmage. El numero uno? Perhaps the Redskins best player, RG Brandon Scherff. The sheriff of the offensive line held down the fort just as he always does, moving up from the No. 2 spot in Week 1.
Redskins Injury Report :: Redskins.com
Nothing shocking came out of the Redskins' afternoon injury report. Colt McCoy remains out, alongside Jonathan Allen and Guice. One bit of good news is the continued progression of Reed from his concussion symptoms. The tight end was a limited participant on Wednesday and appears to be trending toward being active on Sunday.
Cowboys aren't running much, how Redskins can counterattack on offense :: Redskin Maven
As it turns out, establishing the run may not be as important as it once was. The Cowboys built their team around run-first mantra, but turned the playbook upside down in Week 1, with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. If the Cowboys aren't going to run like they used to, the Redskins shouldn't either. They'll need Case Keenum to air out against a defense that's susceptible to the long ball.
Case Keenum can't wait to play with Jordan Reed :: Redskins Wire
The Redskins quarterback is hungry to play with Reed, and the tight end is on his way to recovery. Reed is an exceptional talent when healthy, one that will provide Keenum a trustworthy target as he looks to steer the Redskins to victory, and hang onto his starting job for as long as possible.
“He’s a special player,” Keenum said to the media. “I haven’t played with many players like him; I’ve never played with a player that can do what he does. I’m excited to get him back out there.”
Redskins Q&A: Ryan Kerrigan Has Emphasized Flexibility And Efficiency Entering Year 9 :: Redskins.com
Kerrigan sat down and answered a handful of questions on the past present and future. The goal in 2019 is to continue to get better and to win ballgames. The OLB will aim to do that by keeping both his body and his mind right.
Q: What aspect of your game have you emphasized entering 2019?
Kerrigan: Just a good, I call it a pass-rush line, pass-rush track. Taking a good angle to the quarterback is something that when I’m doing it well I’m productive when I rush, and when I’m not doing it well I’m not productive when I rush. So that’s something that year after year no matter the results of a previous season, that’s one thing I’m always trying to get better at -- be more consistent with my angle to the quarterback, not waste any movement because every step is time, and the more time you give a quarterback the more steps you take that aren’t efficient in getting to him. That’s costing yourself.
Terry McLaurin accomplishes Week 1 rookie feat :: Pro Football Focus
McLaurin stepped up on Sunday, hauling in five receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown. The Redskins' rookie wide receiver just was inches from another long-bomb TD, but the start he had was historic none-the-less.