Washington Football Team Running Back Situation

Derrius Guice is no longer a member of the Washington Football Team as the franchise released him following his arrest. The Washington Post is reported that Guice has been arrested on domestic violence charges, including one count of strangulation, a felony.

Guice’s career on the field in Washington never really took off, as he played in just five NFL games (though he averaged 5.8 yards per carry during his short stint). He landed on IR on three occasions during his two seasons with the team.

What will the running back depth chart look like with Guice out of the picture? Let’s examine:

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Starter: Adrian Peterson

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, though with Guice out of the picture, AP will have as many snaps as he can handle.

2nd: Antonio Gibson

Rookie running back/hybrid weapon Antonio Gibson could be the main passing back, though he’ll have to pick up pass protection quickly to maximize his time on the field. 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.

3rd: J.D. McKissic

J.D. McKissic’s bread is buttered in the passing game and with Guice gone, it’s unlikely his role changes too much. The former Seahawk’s playing time will likely be tied to how quickly Gibson picks everything up.

4th: Peyton Barber

Peyton Barber joined Washington this offseason after four ho-hum seasons with the Bucs. The 26-year-old has a much better chance to make the team now with Guice out of the picture and without a major workhouse back on the roster, Barber could find himself playing significant snaps in 2020.

In The Mix/Wildcard: Bryce Love

The franchise selected Bryce Love in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and the Stafford standout has yet to play in the NFL as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered during his senior season. If Love can return to health (he rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 TDs as a junior), he has the talent to do special things in Washington.

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