Washington Football Team: Risers and fallers following loss to Giants
Stock Down: RB Peyton Barber
Peyton Barber did not play all that much versus New York. In his brief stint on the field, he did nothing to impress. He logged four carries for six yards and a catch for four yards. That brings his season total to 28 carries, 47 yards and two touchdowns on the year. That is 1.7 yards a carry, an eye-opening number. And not in a good way.
Peyton Barber has been what he has been all of his career: An inefficient back with little to no upside as a receiver. A one-trick pony that isn’t very good at that trick. In a role solely suited for the goal line, he is probably pretty solid. If you need a yard, or maybe even two, he can get you that.
Barber just is not a dynamic runner. In an offense that struggles to have any consistency, his lack of production hurts. With two former wide receivers getting a bulk of the carries, it is to be expected that the production from McKissic and Gibson will be inconsistent at times. However, Barber is providing next to nothing right now.
He may be a good leader, which is fine. I am not calling for him to be cut. His role as a power back may be useful in the future. However, deciding to cut Adrian Peterson and leave Barber on the roster has been a puzzling move. While Adrian Peterson still is tapping into the fountain of youth in Detroit, Barber is, as expected, inefficient and uninspiring. This offense could use an Adrian Peterson right about now. The stock of Peyton Barber is sky-diving.
The Washington Football Team fell just short on Sunday. However, it gave them a clearer tell of who the key pieces of this team should be moving forward. Growth and development will be key in what looks like another lost season for the Washington Football Team.