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Derrius Guice will be ‘full go’ at Redskins training camp

As the Washington Redskins begin their organized team activities, they’ll be without someone who figures to be a key piece moving forward for the team. Running back Derrius Guice will be held out of early activities as he rehabs from a torn ACL, but coach Jay Gruden said he should be ready to go by training camp.

Speaking to the media after Washington’s first OTA, Gruden said that Guice was coming along and should be fine for training camp.

“Derrius is coming along very well. We’re just trying to make sure that leg — his quad and everything — is full strength before we let him go. That will probably be another thing we’ll wait for training camp as well,” Gruden said, per Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.

Although Washington now has a very crowded backfield – with players like Adrian Peterson, Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson on the roster – Guice still figures to play a large role once he comes back. A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Guice looked primed to be one of the breakout stars of the league after an eye-popping training camp, but unfortunately suffered a torn ACL during the first preseason game of his rookie year.

After nearly a full year off, and getting closer to returning to action, Washington is likely excited about their guy getting back on the field and contributing. During his career at LSU, Guice ran for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, and averaged 6.5 yards per carry throughout his whole career.

He’s a shifty, powerful back who can make guys miss, so Guice could be the perfect compliment to Adrian Peterson once he’s able to get himself going in the NFL. For a Washington team that is desperately looking for playmakers at a variety of positions, Guice coming in and playing well could go a long way for them.