By Michael Bennett
It’s true that Derrius Guice technically isn’t a rookie.
He was drafted by the Redskins as a second-rounder in the 2018 NFL Draft.
But he did miss all of what would have been his rookie campaign after tearing his ACL in the preseason. Expect big things from this explosive running back in 2019.
Adrian Peterson eclipsed 1000 rushing yards last season, but Washington’s Jay Gruden has already made it clear he expects Guice to handle the bulk of the carries.
“It’s not so much about Samaje as it is about Derrius Guice, how much faith we have in him to carry the ball,” Gruden told the Post. “We drafted him for a reason. We feel like he can be a first-, second- and even third-down back if needed. The offense, carries-wise, will probably go through him, pretty much.”
The 22-year-old ran for more than 1,000 yards in two of his three seasons at LSU and even led the SEC in rushing yards as a sophomore.
Washington’s lack of depth at receiver and questionable quarterback situation will likely force them to pound the ground with their top option early and often.
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