Guice will get 'mother load' of carries, Peterson whatever's left

Ben Krimmel
September 05, 2019 - 11:38 am

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the simple thing: Derrius Guice is the first running back fans will see when the Redskins play the Eagles in Week 1. 

"Initially when we get going, I think you have to start with the first back. You start the game on offense (that's) starting with Derrius Guice. From there, we'll see where it goes," Gruden told the media Wednesday. "He's had a good training camp, he's had good practices, he's into it mentally, he can handle the passing game (with) the protections, and, obviously, he can handle the running game."

That means veteran running back Adrian Peterson, who was originally signed after Guice tore his ACL in preseason last year and re-signed this offseason, will have to play second fiddle. 

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This is another significant comment from the Washington head coach about the coaching staff's commitment to making Guice the feature back. after Gruden said earlier this week the offense will "go through" the 2018 second-round pick.

"Let's see where (Guice) goes and then we'll determine who gets what after that," Gruden said.

"The issue is you’ve got one ball and if you're going to hand the ball off 25 times a game, only so many carries can go around. You've still got Chris Thompson up and Adrian." he said. "The big thing is we just gotta make sure we got somebody ready for the mother load and everybody else will be ready for whatever else they can get."

So that would be the "mother load" for Guice and whatever carries are left for everybody else.

Gruden did qualify his comments, adding, "That can change next week, it can change the week after, but initially, we have to have a plan and go with it."

But this sounds like the 2019 Redskins offense will be Guice's for at least Week 1.

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