Redskins goals for their Week 11 clash with the New York Jets
Re-incorporate Derrius Guice into the offense slowly but surely
The Redskins are finally going to get another look at Derrius Guice in this game. The 2018 second-round pick is fully recovered from a torn meniscus that he suffered early in the season.
So far during his NFL career, Guice has only played in one game. He suffered a torn ACL during his rookie season and then suffered the meniscus injury in the opener this year. Needless to say, they’ll be excited to evaluate his play and see exactly what type of back he can be for the offense moving forward.
That said, the team has minimal incentive to rush him back from the injury. They need to make sure that they don’t give him a full workload off the bat. That was a mistake that Jay Gruden made in the season opener, as he deactivated Adrian Peterson for the game and had Guice handle a brunt of the rushing duties.
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This time around, the Redskins will have Peterson active. He has performed much better in recent weeks and in Bill Callahan’s run-heavy offense, he has been rejuvenated a bit. So, he should start at running back with Guice rotating in.
It would be ideal to get Guice at least 10 touches this week against the Jets, provided that he can handle it. Once they know how he responds, they can ramp up his activity and really test him over the final six weeks of the season.
But in Guice’s first game back, it will be important for the team to work him in slowly but surely. They don’t want to risk another injury in a lost season, so they should handle Guice with caution in his first game back at the very least.