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Washington's top running back even though Adrian Peterson is joining the Redskins.Amid four injuries in their backfield Authentic Tre Boston Jersey , the Redskins signed the 33-year-old four-time All-Pro running back on Monday. But Kelley, the former "Fat Rob" who lost weight and added speed to his repertoire, should still be considered the front-runner to start Week 1 at the Arizona Cardinals.Washington lost second-round pick Derrius Guice to a season-ending torn ACL, won't have Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall for an extended period of time because of lower-leg injuries and waived undrafted free agent Martez Carter with an injury designation. That necessitated signing Peterson —a former standout at Oklahoma who played the majority of his career with the Vikings — and fellow running back De'Veon Smith, though coach Jay Gruden gave Kelley a vote of confidence on Sunday."We're not looking for a starter right now," Gruden said. "We've got Rob in-house, obviously Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs has done a good job, Samaje I don't think is going to be very long at all. So we've got four backs right there."On the first day of camp, Gruden was only sure of one thing: that third-down back Chris Thompson would be on the roster and figure prominently in his return from a broken fibula. Kelley http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/andre-smith-jersey , a 2016 undrafted free agent who emerged as Washington's No. 1 running back during his rookie year and started 2017 on top of the depth chart, cut his hair short, added more muscle and looks quicker to Gruden at a svelte 222 pounds."It was time for a change," Kelley said of trimming his dreadlocks. "It was like a bold statement showing that I'm ready to change, rather than just coming in and talking about it how much I'm going to change and stuff like that. Just change within and the hair was just like a statement."Kelley got the first chance with the first-team offense in the Redskins' second preseason game and is trying to focus on showing his best and not the competition for the starting role."Early on I thought about it a lot, but now I try not to think about it," Kelley said. "I don't try and put too much on myself that potentially distracts me from actually getting better."When Guice looked like the starter, Kelley fielded questions about taking snaps at fullback and helping out on special teams. He was willing to do whatever it took to make the team, though the 25-year-old Tulane product didn't rule out winning back the starting job he lost last season because of injuries."There's competition whether you think it or not," Kelley said. "I just make sure I go out there and I make a few plays that the catch the coaches' eyes and stuff like that and put myself in a great position."He's in a great position now by default Womens Larry Fitzgerald Jersey , though Gruden also said Kelley has had a great training camp. Kelley ran for just 17 yards on seven carries last week against the Jets and the bevvy of injuries created a need to bring in another running back."If something else happens, we're going to be really, really, really thin, so we just want to make sure we're covering all our bases right now," Gruden said.Kelley will have to keep competing to fend off Peterson for a bulk of the carries, but that's a big step up from being on the roster bubble a month ago. More competition is for the best for Kelley, who is no stranger to overcoming odds and winning a competition as an underdog."I think the hurdles just make me a better player," Kelley said. "It's the team's job to keep on getting competition, to keep pushing the envelope http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/mike-iupati-jersey , so it doesn't make a difference (and I've) still got to work as hard as I can."Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals Red and White Practice, A.Q. Shipley leaves injured, turnout and more Happy Sunday one and all, hope your weekend has been a good one.The Arizona Cardinals are coming off their annual Red and White Practice and there is plenty of news coming out o it, so let’s not waste any time and get right to it.Some Real McCoy Should Help Cardinals’ Offensive LineOffensive coordinator's new system benefits the pass protectorsCardinals Use Red And White Practice To Aid Fallen OfficerTeams joins with 100 Club of Arizona to help family of Tyler EdenhoferConcern For A.Q Shipley After He Leaves Red And White PracticeDurable center carted to locker roomAndre Smith's challenge and Bucannon day-to-day#CardsCamp Highlights - Red & WhiteCatch the top plays from thePost Practice Quick Hits - Red & White ReaxMike Jurecki and Craig Grialou give you their reactions to the Red & White Practice at #CardsCamp.NFL, Cardinals countdown: No. 36 MacArthur LaneHe was a Pro Bowl running back in 1970, played four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and had an 11-year NFL career.WATCH: Larry Fitzgerald has great recall of his past TD catches | Cards WireNdamukong Suh wants to hit AZ Cardinals QB Sam Bradford hard“Whether it was when we were rookies when he was in St. Louis, or when he was any other place. I’ve always looked forward to going against him.”AZ Cardinals: 3 3rd-year players Steve Wilks wants to step upRobert Nkemdiche, Brandon Williams and Evan Boehm are in critical stages of their career.Andre Smith responds to Steve Wilks’ challenge, shows up in shapeHe began the offseason overweight Authentic Haason Reddick Jersey , out of shape, said Steve Wilks.AZ Cardinals starting center A.Q. Shipley leaves practice with injuryHe limped off the field with some leg injury and was carted to the locker room.Arizona Cardinals training camp: 8 things to know from SaturdayWe catch you up with what you might have missed if you were not in attendance to the Red and White practice.Patrick Peterson: 'In position to flourish' in Cardinals' new defense - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPNOpponents have avoided Patrick Peterson, who is eager 'to get back on the stat sheet' in 2018.A.Q. Shipley of Arizona Cardinals carted to locker room with injuryA.Q. Shipley was able to walk off the field on his own but after a brief time in an examination tent was taken to the locker room on a cart, a towel draped over his head.Pro Football Focus ranks Cardinals defensive line in bottom halfPro Football Focus has the Cardinals going into the 2018 season having the No. 23 ranked run defense. It also ranks the Cardinals 20th in pass rush.Rams' Suh: 'I always mark the calendar' for Cards' Sam BradfordEven eight years later, Rams defense back Ndamukong Suh looks forward to playing against the player picked before him in the 2010 NFL Draft, Sam Bradford.Cardinals camp notebook: AQ Shipley carted off field with injuryRookie running back Chase Edmonds wowed the crowd, while center A.Q. Shipley was carted off with an injury during the Arizona Cardinals' Red and White practice on Saturday.
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