Peterson said he was “kind of blindsided” by the news of his release. “I got a call from coach Rivera this morning, he told me to come in and see him,” the running back told Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.
Back at the draft, Peterson’s roster spot seemed in jeopardy when the team added RB/hybrid weapon Antonio Gibson to a crowded backfield. Months later, Derrius Guice‘s release appeared to signal that AP would make the team.
Several teams have already inquired about the 35-year-old, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Florio doesn’t name specific teams that reached out, though he mentions the Jaguars (former Washington coach Jay Gruden is their offensive coordinator), Chiefs (Damien Williams opted out for the season), and the Patriots (recently had interest in Leonard Fournette) as logicial fits.
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Washington’s Running Back Depth Chart
Antonio Gibson is now listed as the starter, though it’s hard to envision the rookie being used as a workhorse back. 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 and he’ll likely lead the committee in Washington.
J.D. McKissic sits behind Gibson and the former Seahawk’s playing time will likely be tied to how quickly Gibson picks everything up. His bread is buttered in the passing game, so expect some routine usage there.
Peyton Barber joined Washington this offseason after four ho-hum seasons with the Bucs. The 26-year-old is essentially a lock to make the roster and he could have access to some immediate early-down work.
Bryce Love is still listed fourth on the depth chart, though he’s a wild card who could make an impact if his health holds up. The former Stanford standout (2,118 rushing yards and 19 TDs as a junior) has yet to play in the NFL as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered during his senior season, though he appears to have the green light in practice.