Redskins running back Darrius Guice and his performance can make-or-break the Redskins season with his play at running back in 2019.
Guice, 22, sat out all of last season after tearing his ACL in Week 1 of the preseason after just six carries for 19 yards. Guice was picked in the second round in 2018 but many scouts believed he was first round talent but scared NFL teams with his behavior off the field.
The Guice hype was building before the start of last season and was expected to make the offense more dynamic around Alex Smith. After his ACL tear and Smith’s broken leg the Redskins come into the season with a new quarterback and a starting running back battle in training camp.
After Guice tore his ACL, it forced the Redskins hand to sign Adrian Peterson to a one-year deal. After Peterson found flashes of his former self during the 2018 season the Redskins rewarded him with a two-year deal in the off-season.
Guice’s talent can’t be denied due to the fact that he forced 44 missed tackles and gained 750 yards after contact in his last two seasons at LSU.
In three seasons at LSU, Guice rushes for 3,074 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. In total, Guice holds three school records and is ranked in the Top 10 in LSU history in 28 categories.
It’ll be interesting to watch how Guice, Peterson and change of pace running back Chris Thompson all work off each other during the season. Guice will allow the Redskins to have a backfield rotation and allow Peterson’s body to take less hits during the long, grueling season.
“They’re [Guice and Peterson] both different, but they’re both explosive,” Redskins running back coach Randy Jordan told John Keim of ESPN. “Ideally, you’d like to see a 50-50 or 60-40 [split]. But the thing is, all those guys can play on first, second or third down. What Adrian brings is his wealth of knowledge, being able to go out and show a guy like Guice how to work and go about his business.”
If Guice can stay healthy and play at a high level expect the Redskins offense to really take off this season.