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RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on Thursday, August 2, seven days before the Washington Redskins open up their preseason at New England.

Talking points

Jay Gruden was asked to evaluate his running backs and the “possibility” of keeping Robert Kelley, Kapri Bibbs, and Bryon Marshall. He addressed Kelley right off the bat. 

“Possibly Kelley? Kelley has had a great camp,” said Gruden. “I don’t know if anybody has been out there, but he looks very good.”

He talked about the other backs but none of them got the level of praise that Kelley got. 

Of course, if you’ve been paying attention you know that Gruden loves Kelley. In fact, during the spring of 2017, Gruden said, “I love Rob Kelley!” to reporters. 

Kelly has had an up and down career with the Redskins, as in he’s had one good year and one bad year. In 2016 he made the team as an undrafted rookie and he started the last nine games in place of the struggling Matt Jones. He was the team’s leading rusher as he gained 704 yards on 168 attempts (4.2 yards/att.) with six touchdowns. 

He went into the 2017 season as the starter, but rib, knee and ankle injuries limited him to just seven games and 64 carries for 194 yards.

After the team drafted Derrius Guice in the second round this year, the chances of Kelley being the primary starter again seem very slim. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a significant role for him. 

Does Gruden’s enthusiasm for Kelley’s performance mean that he’s a lock to make the 53-man roster? His response to the question yesterday morning was telling. It was as though he was saying, “Are crazy? No way I cut him. Have you been paying any attention at all out

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