Clean-cut Rob Kelley not stressed over Redskins’ running back competition

Rob Kelley felt the need for a transformation this offseason. The Washington Redskins running back was plagued by injuries in 2017 and watched the team search for his replacement in the months that followed. So Kelley headed to the barber for a fresh start. Thirty minutes later, the nine years of dreadlock growth that flowed over his shoulder pads was chopped down to a tightly cropped coif.

The external change triggered a bit of an internal adjustment as well, and the New Orleans native arrived at the team’s offseason workouts saying this summer is a new beginning.

I didn’t take it no type of way, Kelley said. At the end of the day, it’s a business. What do you expect? I hate to say it, but if I’m playing Madden and my running back is hurt, I’m going to get another running back. You’ve got to keep the train going. You can’t let one man stop the show. It’s our job to create our own value on this team. So, that’s what I’m doing.

Matthews fell to the ground after he was hit by the ball off Lucas Patrick’s bat and then walked quickly off the field holding his face in his glove. The game was delayed, but the announcer at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis., initially said the linebacker was doing fine shortly after he went to the clubhouse.

He’s a smart football player, he picks things up very fast, Stewart said. He’s explosive and he’s really good in his route running. That’s one of the things that he’s really focused on, is his ability to run routes.

Just as this is all new for Barkley, Stewart, too, has an adjustment to make as he heads into NFL season No. 11 in something of a caretaker role.

I know they drafted Saquon in the first round, so you know he’s got a lot of expectations and stuff like that, Stewart said. But as far as my preparation for this game, it’s never going to change. It’s always prepare to be the starter because you never know when your name’s going to get called.

Every NFL Team’s Biggest Reason to Look Forward to 2018 Season

Now that everybody has been drafted and almost everybody has been signed (sorry, Dez), we can start to look forward to the 2018 NFL season with a good feel for how each team will look. 

And it’s May, so none of those draft picks or free-agent signings have had the chance to become busts. That makes this a great time to take a look at 32 half-full glasses. 

Here are the biggest reasons for every team to look forward to early September.

But that running game finally received a boost courtesy of surprise breakout back Alex Collins. The 2016 fifth-round pick was waived by the Seattle Seahawks just prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Ravens signed him to their practice squad a few days later, they promoted him to the active roster a couple weeks after that, and he was starting and shining by the middle of October. 

Despite the slow start, Collins rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and finished the season ranked ninth among qualified backs with a 4.6 yards-per-attempt average. 

With Morris in the fold, the Texans now have four quarterbacks on their roster. Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb both signed with the team as free agents this offseason and will be in the mix for the No. 2 job behind Deshaun Watson.

Can Good Magic upset Justify?

Baffert is 4-0 in the Preakness with the Derby winner and doesn’t see any reason Justify doesn’t have another big run in him.

I like being the favorite, Baffert said Wednesday. “I don’t want to be 50-1. I like knowing that I have a chance to win. When you come in and you’re like, ‘Well, I don’t know, we’re going to need the Stanford marching band to interfere a little bit,’ then you don’t feel that well. I just feel that when you know that there’s a chance you can pull this off and when you can win on the big arena, that’s what it’s all about.”