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Redskins’ Derrius Guice will get more carries than Adrian Peterson says Jay Gruden

Adrian Peterson, after a surprisingly effective 2018, will get his fair share of touches this season. Any notion that the Washington Redskins’ plan of attack in the backfield was a true time share between he and sophomore running back Derrius Guice, though, was put to rest on Monday by coach Jay Gruden.

“Jay Gruden told reporters today that Derrius Guice will get more carries than Adrian Peterson,” Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reported. “That was the best thing I heard in his press conference. Excited to see what Guice can do this weekend and beyond.”

Guice took the field for the first in over a year during the Redskins’ third preseason game. He rushed 11 times for 44 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, showing off the rare blend of burst, power, and agility that had him poised for an impressive rookie campaign before it was wasted by injury.

The No. 59 overall pick of the 2018 draft suffered a torn ACL in his NFL debut last August during Washington’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots. He missed the entire season as a result, and was only cleared to begin running in February. The LSU product is ostensibly back at 100 percent, though, ready to live up to the promise he showed a year ago.

Peterson, meanwhile, re-signed with the Redskins in free agency after initially inking a one-year deal with the team following Guice’s injury. The 12-year veteran rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns on 4.2 yards per carry last season, proving he still has plenty left in the tank.