Guice's breakout game shows his big-time potential

Ben Krimmel
December 03, 2019 - 12:51 pm

The potential was always there for Derrius Guice, it has just taken longer than many thought to see it in an NFL game for the Washington Redskins.

Most of that is the fault of circumstance, not of Guice's own doing: An ACL tear ended his rookie campaign before it even began and a meniscus injury nearly derailed his sophomore NFL season after Week 1. 

But it Guice needed just three games after coming off Injured Reserve to showcase his big-time potential. After a pair of ho-hum performances against the Jets and Lions (totaling 107 all-purpose yards and a touchdown), the second-year back out of LSU exploded in Carolina.

"Oh man. It's crazy!" fellow RB Chris Thompson told The Sports Junkies about Guice's stiff-arm. "Like right before that, (Guice) kept telling me, he was like, 'Man, nobody's out there talking noise. The only one that's been talking is Shaq.' And he just kept saying that every time he was coming off the sideline and I guess when he got his opportunity, he was able to get some payback with that stiff arm."

This was supposed to be the plan all along: Guice finished with 129 yards on the ground on 10 carries and scored twice. And on top of that, Adrian Peterson finished with 13 carries, 99 yards, and one touchdown. 

Guice got most of his yards on two large chunk plays: The above 38-yard scamper in the 4th quarter and this 60-yard sprint in the first.

And that was always the hope for the Guice as a running back at the NFL level, averaging 5.5 yards per carry this season.

While Peterson still got more touches in interim head coach Bill Callahan's run-first offense, the next step for Guice is to become the featured back for the Redskins offense and prove he can remain healthy over the final quarter of the season. 

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