Breaking down Washington’s running back battle after Derrius Guice’s release

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LANDOVER, MD – NOVEMBER 17: Derrius Guice #29 of the Washington Football Team scores a 45-yard touchdown in the second half against the New York Jets at FedExField on November 17, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

In the wake of Derrius Guice’s release, the Washington Football Team has some opportunities open at the running back position.

On Friday, the Washington Football Team was forced to make a key decision regarding their running back room. After Derrius Guice was arrested on several domestic violence charges, the team decided to part ways with him.

The decision was a necessary one for the team as Ron Rivera looks to create a culture of accountability in Washington. And the charges against Guice, which included felony strangulation, were disturbing, to say the least.

With Guice gone, Washington is now going to have to reassess their situation at running back. Guice was expected to emerge as the starter in his third season after battling injuries his first two years but showing off some explosive ability in five games last year, one of which came against the Carolina Panthers.

But now, Washington will have to look to some of their other options to step up.

The good news for the team is that they do have quite a bit of depth at running back. They may not have a lot of proven, quality starters, but the mix of veteran role players and young guys with upside should be able to get them through the season.

And who knows, maybe one of those young guys will emerge as a starter.

All that said, it’s time to take a look at the newly-minted position battle that Washington is facing at running back. We’ll kick things off by taking a look at who should get the nod as a starter for them to begin 2020.

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