Ron Rivera hoping new look backfield results in hotness
The Washington Football Team has used a trio of running backs to begin the 2020 season, with all of them bringing an array of skills to the offense. Despite deploying them in a variety of ways, Ron Rivera hopes his running back by committee approach results in a ‘hot hand’ emerging.
“I think we can develop [a tandem] with our backs, period,” Washington Football coach Rivera said, via Adam Zielonka of NBC Washington. “We saw a little bit of it last week. We saw a little bit of it the week before. There are guys that bring something a little bit different to the table and they’ll play their roles for you. Sometimes one guy will get hot. Well, you want to see that hot hand as much as possible. That’s something that I think we’re working toward.”
Altogether, Washington Football rookie Antonio Gibson, Peyton Barber, and J.D. McKissic have all gotten touches in the backfield. While Barber has two of the team’s three rushing touchdowns, Gibson and McKissic have been the more explosive options.
Seeing that Washington Football took Gibson in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, they’d likely prefer him to be the No. 1 back in the mix. However, the team is appreciative of the contributions that both Barber and McKissic have given thus far too.
For Washington Football to begin moving forward as an offense, Rivera wants one of the team’s running backs to prove he’s capable of handling a larger workload. We could get a better grasp of who that could be when Washington takes on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.