Washington Football Team waives running back Bryce Love

Washington Football Team RB Bryce Love. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Football Team RB Bryce Love. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

When the Washington Football Team landed Bryce Love in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, there was some reason for excitement. Though the Stanford product was coming off an ACL tear, he had once been considered a potential first-round prospect and a top challenger for the Heisman Trophy.

The plan was to bring Love along slowly and hope that he could emerge as a part of a great one-two punch in the backfield along with Derrius Guice.

But as is often the case in the NFL, things don’t work out as planned. Guice was released after domestic violence claims surrounded him during the 2020 offseason. And now, Love’s time with the team has come to an end as well.

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The Washington Football Team waived Bryce Love.

As the Washington Football Team confirmed, they waived Bryce Love on Monday. Love had been with the team for two years, but he hadn’t been able to get healthy enough to play a snap since his torn ACL. He had multiple setbacks and after two years of trying to bring him along and round him back into form, the team decided to move on.

This certainly isn’t a surprise. Love never played for the team, and it was impossible to evaluate him as a result. He may have potential still, but at this point, it’s worth wondering if he’ll ever be fully healthy and return to the form that saw him post 2,118 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns at Stanford in 2017.

With Antonio Gibson set up as the backfield leader, J.D. McKissic entrenched as a top receiving back, and Peyton Barber around as a short-yardage specialist, the WFT has some solid RB depth. Still, they could stand to add a potential between-the-tackles option to pair with Gibson and battle with Barber for the top backup job. Expect them to do so in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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It’s unfortunate that Love’s time with Washington went so poorly, as the 2019 pick busted through no fault of his own. We’ll soon see if another team is willing to take a chance on the ’17 Heisman runner up, but it’s worth wondering if he’d pass a physical at this point in his attempted recovery.