Derrius Guice reminds Santana Moss of Clinton Portis

Chris Lingebach
May 01, 2018 - 7:04 pm
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Newest Redskins running back Derrius Guice exudes an uncanny resemblance in his style of play that Santana Moss can't ignore.

"When I first his pick up," Most told Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan, "I was saying that's Portis all over again."

When Moss watches tape of Guice at LSU, he can't help but see a young Clinton Ports, his former Redskins teammate of six years and the second all-time leading rusher in Redskins franchise history.

"When it comes to just what he brings to the team," Moss said of Guice. "His energy alone reminds me of Clinton Portis. I haven't seen him in person yet. I can just look at how he's smiling and he looks like a joyful person that wants to go out there and be good."

"I watched him play the game. He was a backup to (Leonard) Fournette and went out there and they didn't miss a beat," Moss continued. "They almost looked like they got better when Fournette went down."

Guice took over as the starter at LSU when Fournette went down in 2016. All he did in Fournette's absence was lead the SEC with 1,387 yards and finish second in touchdowns (15).

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"Just to see the guy go out there and play the game, you notice that he plays with a love for what he does, he has passion behind it and he's going to give you his all," Moss said. "One of the things that I truly believe is that he's going to make all the guys that's back there now, who's already there -- the CTs, the Kelley's, you name it, Perine -- all those guys' game is going to rise now, because they have this young guy coming in and he's not looking to be second. He's coming in with a chip on his shoulder and he's going to prove to everybody why they should have selected him earlier."

Guice was a consensus first-round talent heading into the draft, but fell to the Redskins at 59, in part because of reports of character concerns swirling on draft day. That's of no concern to Moss, however.

"I think it's a bunch of crap," he said. "Because there's plenty of guys on the team that you play with that are great players that certain guys on the team don't like him. Let's be honest. There's a lot of guys that I played with that it couldn't have been no more than five or six guys on the team that liked the guy. But he went out there and laid it on the line because he was just that type of guy. One, he loved his money; two, he loved the game; and three, at the end of the day, he's going to go out there and play his best because he don't want to be the guy that you've got to say went out there and didn't do his job."

"So I could care less about a guy who might not be best of friends with everybody on the team," he said. "Between those lines is all I care about. And that's something that I learned from Joe Gibbs his second time around. Coach Gibbs said he had a problem with guys doing things outside the locker room at times that he wasn't cool with, and he had to put that behind him because, as long as those guys came to work and gave him his all, that's all he could care about."

"I think a lot of the times these guys, these analysts and all this stuff that goes on in the draft -- when it comes what the young quarterback kid went through the night before, with his tweets being aired and all that stuff -- man, I understand it. You have to pay attention to it. You have to take it into consideration," he said. "But at the same time, it's about what can you do for me on that field?"

On unfounded reports causing a player to slip in the draft: "It's evil. It sucks. But that's the price we have to pay. It comes with the territory and you hate to be a part of it. That's why you have to be careful, regardless of how far you did something or how soon you did it, but you just have to be careful out here and know that all your actions are going to basically surface one day sooner or later."

Moss sees Guice as a gift sent straight from the heavens.

"Having Guice land in our lap, man, it was like a blessing from the heavens theirself," he said. "Those gates opened up and we got a guy to fill a position which we had a lot of guys there, but I think he just beefs it up a little bit more and brings a level of competition that I don't think we had in a while."

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