Should Redskins give more carries to Peterson or Guice?

Ben Krimmel
November 15, 2019 - 2:35 pm

The Washington Redskins have not played running backs Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson in the same game.

That will change in Week 11 against the New York Jets. Guice is off the Injured Reserve list after sustaining a meniscus injury during his NFL debut and Peterson, is still chugging along in his 13th season.

Whereas Jay Gruden avoided the running back controversy altogether by keeping the veteran inactive top open the season, interim head coach Bill Callahan has no such plans.

"We've got a pretty good rotational system for that," Callahan said this week. "We feel pretty confident (Guice will) see quite a bit of action this weekend."

Peterson was a bit more direct about how Sunday will be different from Week 1: "Coach Gruden was here. He’s no longer here, so different scenario."

But the debate still remains: How many carries should the Redskins give Peterson at the expense of seeing what Guice, the 59th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, can do at the pro level?

"How long until Derrius Guice takes over as the Redskins starting running back?" Grant Paulsen asked Friday on 106.7 The Fan. "(But first) I wanna just wanna get him through a game healthy."

"I think he is faster than Adrian Peterson. I think he's more elusive in the open field than Peterson. I think AP does a lot of things at the line of scrimmage to set up defenders and lineman better than Guice, just cause he's more experienced. He's been around the block and he's a Hall of Famer. But I think a lot of the runs where Peterson gets to that second level and hits a double, Guice might hit a triple with or hit a home run with."

Paulsen then added how Peterson is in his mid-30s and Guice is far younger. It would behoove the 1-8 Redskins to give more carries to the younger back as they are preparing for the years to come.

However, Guice's injury history is a factor. "I just can't give him the full workload yet," Danny Rouhier said. "I'm still gonna major in Peterson, for the near future. But let's get Guice 10 touches this week."

What percent of the carries should each back get over the next four weeks?

Rouhier would hand Peterson three-quarters of the carries in the next few weeks and Paulsen went with 60-70 percent of the carries to the veteran. However, that changes week-to-week with Rouhier hoping Guice is getting 75 percent of the carries in a month's time. Paulsen would like to go a step further: 85-90 percent of the carries to Guice for the last few games of the 2019 season.

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