The Washington offense is not short of running backs, but you get the feeling new head coach Jay Gruden wants to stamp his own mark on a position defined by the schemes of the previous regime.
That helps explain the addition of Silas Redd, reported by CTPost.com writer Paul Devlin. Redd is certainly joining a crowded field.
The Redskins already boast two-time 1,000-yard rusher Alfred Morris. He is supported by 2011 draftees Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster, while the team used this year's sixth-round pick to take Lache Seastrunk.
The interesting thing about Redd is his fit for the team's current zone-based ground schemes. NFL.com draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki dubbed him a "one-cut, inside zone runner."
There might be a place for a player who is scheme suitable and rushed for 905 yards in 2013, per cfbstats.com. After all, Gruden has courted several running backs this offseason.
He pursued Darren Sproles, per Bleacher Report columnist Mike Freeman, as well as rookie prospect Charles Sims, according to ESPN.com reporter John Keim.
Washington also had keen interest in third-rounder Tre Mason, per ESPN 980 reporter Chris Russell:
It certainly seems as though the first-year head coach wants fresh options at the position. It's also hard to believe there isn't something he really likes about Redd, otherwise, why target a player at such a loaded position?