Washington's running back room has not received a plethora of touches overall to start the season, but running backs coach Randy Jordan is not keen on harping on what should or could be different for his unit. He looks at the limited carries situation from the first few games with a "quality over quantity perspective."
"I tell them, first of all, don't count the reps, but make the reps count," Jordan said. "We talk about, number one is when you have an opportunity, you have to take advantage of it.
He noted that last Sunday that Jonathan Williams was a great example of that idea in action. Williams came off the bench in the second quarter and got the Commanders a crucial first down with his six-yard rush. It was his only carry of the game, but it moved the chains at an important moment.
Jordan does not just think there is potential for Washington's running backs to be effective with limited touches. He sees that they still can bring real value without touching the ball at all.
"We talk about being an extension of the offensive line. And when you're not getting the football, what kind of player are you? Everybody sees the running back spot as…when you get the ball, you hand it off or you catch it," Jordan said. "I'm looking at all the play fakes. That's one thing that we can do to help our line is when we do play-action, is doing a great job in terms of faking."
That dynamic movement to affect the second level will be particularly key on Sunday against a Dallas side that leads the league in line stunts. With and without the ball in running backs' hands, Jordan has emphasized that he is "really happy in terms of what they've been doing for us so far."
Take a look back at some of the Washington Commanders' previous matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. (Photos via The Associated Press)
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Commanders.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux reports on Chase Young and Brian Robinson's return timeline.
- The Athletic's Ben Standig looks at Washington's sack problems.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about Daron Payne explaining what it takes to get to the quarterback.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier writes about Terry McLaurin's targets in the first quarter.
- The Washington Time's Matthew Paras writes about the offensive line facing the Cowboys' defensive front.
- The Washington Time's Matthew Paras reports on the Commanders unveiling their all-black uniforms.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the Commanders facing Micah Parsons and the Cowboys' pass rush.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes about Antonio Gibson's usage in the offense.
- The Athletic's Cole Huff looks at what the experts are saying ahead of the Commanders' Week 4 game against the Cowboys.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras looks at Terry McLaurin's stats in the first three games.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux also writes about the use of McLaurin early in the season.
- ESPN's John Keim looks at what the Commanders offense hopes to be.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about the list of issues the Commanders need to fix.
- The Washington Time's Jacob Calvin Meyer writes that Dak Prescott will "probably not" play against the Commanders on Sunday.
- The Washington Time's Matthew Paras writes about how better performances on first down can help the Commanders.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey opens his mailbox to answer questions from Commanders fans.
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