Redskins video: Derrius Guice looks good with some solid runs in return
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Redskins’ Derrius Guice looks good with some solid runs in return

Derrius Guice, Redskins

Before Thursday night, Derrius Guice hadn’t taken the field in just over a year. Early in his team’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Washington Redskins running back wasted no time showing the NFL what its been missing.

Guice was on the field for Washington’s first offensive snap, taking a handoff and bursting through a hole before aggressively cutting back to pick up a couple extra yards. Maybe most encouraging? He immediately rolled right back up.

Later on the drive, Guice got his second rushing attempt since last August. Showing off his rare blend of speed and power, the 22-year-old raced past pulling blockers, stiff-armed a defender to get the corner, then leveled a defender by lowering his shoulder before stepping out of bounds for a nice pickup.

Guice was selected with the 59th pick of last year’s draft after a standout career at LSU.

He was the talk of Washington’s training camp as a rookie, using his supreme blend of power, speed, vision, and ball skills to emerge as the team’s clear-cut bellhorse at running back. But that plan was squashedearly in Guice’s first appearance in the NFL, when he tore his left ACL on a long, tackle-breaking run in the Redskins’ preseason opener against the New England Patriots

Expect Guice to share the load in the backfield with veteran star Adrian Peterson, giving Washington one of the most dangerous running-back tandems in football.