The NFL team in Washington has a new team name in 2020: The Washington Football Team. That team will feature some familiar faces at the running back position as well as some newcomers.
Adrian Peterson says he plans to play four more years, though we’ll have to see how much he has in him for 2020. What kind of load the 35-year-old can carry should determine how many snaps the remaining players on the roster receive.
Former LSU stud Derrius Guice is coming off his second injury-filled season. During his five games on the professional field, he averaged 5.8 yards per carry, which is promising. A tandem between Guice and AP is likely. How many rushes the two of them have to split remains to be seen, as Washington isn’t expected to be very good. That’ll limit their opportunities since neither of Guice nor Peterson has dramatically excelled in the passing game.
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Guice has a total of seven catches for 79 yards in his career. Peterson has had 37 catches across 31 games in Washington, as he’s been brought off the field in many passing situations. Things could change under Ron Rivera. More likely, another player will take over as the 3rd down back.
Who Will Replace Chris Thompson?
Chris Thompson, who was a staple of the passing game in Washington during the Jay Gruden era left D.C. in free agency, following his former coach to Jacksonville. That leaves a void and veteran J.D. Mckissic may step into the role. However, he’s no lock to make the team and during his time in Seattle and Detroit, he’s failed to stand out.
Rookie running back/hybrid weapon Antonio Gibson could be the guy. He’s an electric playmaker who averaged 11.2 yards per carry and 19.3 yards per reception in a hybrid role during his final season at Memphis.
Don’t expect Gibson to play heavy snaps right away but it won’t be long before Rivera tries to get him involved. The coach saw first hand what having a duel threat out of the backfield can do for an NFL offense over the past few seasons with Christian McCaffrey in Carolina. Gibson doesn’t project to have the complete game that McCaffrey possesses, though Rivera can easily put the rookie in the right situations as the Panthers did back in 2017.