The Redskins have had their starting lineup chipped away at by injuries and uncertainty this offseason, but one key player under question will be fully available to start training camp.
The Washington Redskins offense, in particular, is facing increased scrutiny this offseason as it prepares to enter the 2019 season without much in terms of proven talent. Trent Williams is still holding out, the receiving core is a who’s who of average and unknown commodities, and the quarterback battle remains to be settled.
For the Redskins, at this point, any news is good news, so that they can get a better picture of what they’re working with on offense. Luckily, today, they received pure good news, in the form of an update on second-year running back Derrius Guice.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden spoke to the media today, as today was report day for the Redskins 2019 training camp session. Among other things, Gruden mentioned Guice, and per Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post, Gruden said that Guice “will not be limited at all” in training camp.
Earlier in the offseason, it was reported that Guice had tweaked his hamstring during organized team activities. That, combined with his ongoing recovery from an ACL tear suffered in August of 2018, spelled doubt over the immediacy of Guice’s comeback bid. Now, however, we have confirmation that Guice, contrary to that report, is a full-go for training camp. Guice mirrored those sentiments when he tweeted that people were ‘freaking out over nothing‘, and now we know he was right. And it’s a much-needed positive note for Washington’s offensive core.
Guice, now 22 years old, was drafted by the Redskins in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, after the Redskins traded back to acquire an extra third-round pick. Despite falling to the late second round, Guice was the only running back mentioned in the same breath as Saquon Barkley, from a prospect standpoint, as Guice’s athleticism, receiving ability, contact balance, and relentless tenacity made him a perfect fit for the NFL’s modern running back profile.
Unfortunately, Guice didn’t get a chance to show off his traits in his rookie season, but now, in 2019, he appears to be fully healthy, and ready to prove what he can do, with just one opportunity.