Redskins could use Derrius Guice in role similar to Christian McCaffrey
Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice’s first couple of NFL seasons have not gone well, to say the least.
The Redskins running back did not play at all during his rookie campaign due to a torn ACL, and this past season, more knee issues limited Guice to just five games.
There is no denying Guice’s talent, though. During the short time he was on the field in 2019, he was impressive, rushing for 245 yards and a couple of touchdowns while averaging a hefty 5.8 yards per carry.
That’s why the Redskins could end up using Guice in a similar fashion to the way the Carolina Panthers use All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey:
“I do believe Derrius Guice has an opportunity,” said Redskins vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith when asked if any of his players were capable of being the type of threat that McCaffrey is, according to Zach Selby of the team website. “He can do all of those things.”
Of course, that would require Guice to stay healthy. Even if he avoids injury next season, Washington might not want to place that type of workload on a guy who has had significant knee problems.
Still, the Redskins are clearly confident in Guice’s abilities and think he could be an integral piece of the club’s offense.
Guice, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by Washington in the second round (59th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The 22-year-old is currently sharing the backfield with Adrian Peterson, but since Peterson turns 35 later this month, Guice may end up being the featured back sooner rather than later.