No lost faith in Per­ine

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL -

Red­skins Coach Jay Gru­den didn’t at­tempt to put a pos­i­tive spin on the per­for­mance of his start­ing of­fense in Thurs­day’s pre­sea­son loss at Bal­ti­more. The unit was on the field for just six plays, failed to get a first down and lost one yard be­fore re­tir­ing for the night.

Nor did he sug­ar­coat the de­but of rookie run­ning back Sa­maje Per­ine, who fum­bled once, dropped a pass and didn’t hit open holes as vi­o­lently as coaches wanted to see.

That said, Gru­den made clear he’s not los­ing faith in the rookie, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three con­sec­u­tive sea­sons at Ok­la­homa.

Gru­den char­ac­ter­ized the team’s poor show­ing as “a wakeup call” — par­tic­u­larly for his start­ing of­fense.

“A good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for our guys,” he said.

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