Jay Gruden wants to get Samaje Perine involved

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Washington has Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson at running back. They also have Samaje Perine, a fourth-round pick in 2017, who became forgotten last season when he played only five games.

Washington coach Jay Gruden has not forgotten Perine, though.

“The guy I want to see, who everyone thinks is in my doghouse, is Samaje,” Gruden said, via the team website. “Samaje has not gotten the opportunities, I’m upset about that; that’s my fault. But I have not given up on Samaje. He’s young; he’s strong; he’s physical. And I need to see him take that next step, and I have to give him that opportunity to do that, and it’s going to be hard with Guice and AP in there to get him the ball. That’ll be a tough dynamic, but I have to get that done.”

Perine had eight carries for 32 yards and three catches for 5 yards in 2018 a year after gaining 785 yards from scrimmage on 197 touches.

“Competition is competition you know?” Perine said. “If you don’t like competition, if you don’t grind with the competition, then I hate to tell you, but it’s probably the wrong business for you. At the end of the day, you know the coaches are going to do what they want to do, but you know I’m going to put my best foot forward, just like they’re going to put their best foot forward, and you know whatever happens after that happens, but I’m sure we are all going to compete.”

10 responses to “Jay Gruden wants to get Samaje Perine involved

  1. You have Adrian Peterson. You have Darrius Guice. You have Chris Thompson. Why are you focusing on a guy who’s 4th on the depth chart? With all the injuries the ‘skins have had the past two years, I would be a bit surprised if they didn’t just use the extra roster spot for depth in other spots

  2. He’s a wrecking ball. Almost 4 a carry with a subpar o line, and Cousins at QB. Peterson isn’t getting any younger and squalled down the stretch..Guice is still an unknown with one year of decent tape after Fournette left.. he’ll find a niche. His Oklahoma tape shows that. I’d give a fifth for him in a trade.

  3. Gruden messed up so far the career of Samaje Perine. Perine was a 4th Round pick with excellent talent. Say what you want about Perine and his fumbles but its all was Gruden. Perine should remain on the team and get his chances. Skins should of passed on Peterson and went with Guice, Perine, Thompson and Marshall. The guy has talent, just ran into the wrong coach as with other past players on this team.

  4. Perine is solid. He’s young and strong. People always want to talk about his fumbles as if he fumbled every other time he touched the ball. He’s fumbled twice in his career. Twice. Out of nearly 200 touches. AP fumbled 3 times last year. He was just fortunate enough to have somebody else recover them. AP is getting old undeniably and not promised to perform like last year. Guice has not proven himself to be healthy yet and Thompson is only a third down back. Perine is a solid handcuff.

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