Derrius Guice won't know he's 'back' until he gets on the field

Ben Krimmel
August 12, 2019 - 9:43 am
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Derrius Guice is ready to get back on the field.

The Washington Redskins second-round draft pick from a season ago had just six carries before tearing his ACL in his preseason debut and he is ready to get back out there.

"I still think about that night every day, bro," Guice said about the game in New England last preseason. "It's gonna always be on my mind, bro, but it just never held me back."

Guice told 106.7 The Fan's Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman he doesn't know if he feels he is fully back.

"It's not really a point of do I feel back, it's just when I'm back, when I get out there, when I start playing, that's when I'll really know. When I'm actually going against somebody else, that's when I'll actually know," Guice said. "Anybody can just come (back) from an injury and run (against) air, without somebody diving at you, that's when I'll really know when I'm actually playing against somebody." 

Guice said he wanted to play in the Redskins preseason opener in Cleveland, but has to be smart with his rehab.

"Sometimes you gotta miss the stuff you love, to get it back," he told Hoffman.

A big boost for Guice this year will be the addition of veteran running back Adrian Peterson.

"In the meeting room, he (doesn't) say much," Guice said of Peterson. "He starts teaching when we get to the field and when we get to practice. Whenever you're able to watch him do what he do and then when you actually do what you do, him coming and critique you right after.

"Everything isn't always a bad critique, it could be, 'Oh, I saw what you saw, good cut,' 'Good blitz pickup,' 'Good catch.' And then sometimes he'll be like, 'You know, I think you could have bounced it' or 'I think you could have cut back.' So that's just the type of guy (Peterson) is," Guice told 106.7 The Fan. 

As for his return, Guice said, "My speed, I got it back. My blitz pickup it never left. My vision is still the same," he said. "It's just all a matter of me actually getting back out there physically and doing it." 

When asked about his goals for the 2019 season, Guice was succinct: "I don't think about that. I think about my health."

And until Redskins fans see the second-year running back take a few hits in a game, the question, unfair or not, will linger: Can he stay healthy for the 2019 season? 

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