In college, because the Sooners had Mixon, Perine caught only 40 passes in three seasons. But he’s a more natural receiver than Kelley. With Perine in there, the Redskins don’t telegraph plays as much in terms of the power backs vs. Thompson.
Perine was an extremely efficient runner at Oklahoma and left the program as a smart, experienced and polished player. He’s mature beyond his young age of 21, nearly three years younger than Kelley.
It was surprising that Perine lasted on the board until No. 114 overall, but he had to find the right smashmouth system. He fits Gruden’s power-gap attack to a tee, just like Morris did the zone blocking scheme in 2012.
Green, who has his own history with Barkley, went so far as to say Barkley’s “Inside the NBA” colleagues Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson have the right to talk about championship players — but Barkley doesn’t.
“I got two different views on that,” Green told Thompson. “My first view on that, when I immediately read that, as soon as I read that comment, I said, ‘Oh. … Oh. Yeah, destroy him!’ I’m all for destroying Barkley. You know, Barkley talks a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship, which I’ve stated multiple times. I think Shaq should talk about the champions. Kenny should talk about the champions. Ernie can talk about the champions. When it comes time to speak about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted.