What to make of the Washington Football Team’s RB room
It’s crazy how different the Washington Football Team’s running back room looks this offseason compared to how it did last offseason.
In 2020, there was a debate about Peterson vs. Guice for the starting job while others questioned how Gibson and Bryce Love would fit into the equation. Less than a calendar year later, only one of the players, Gibson, remains with the team.
In 2021, Washington’s backfield looks talented. Gibson proved himself as a rookie and should have a chance to become one of the better backs in the NFL, provided that he stays healthy. McKissic is a nice receiving back and change of pace player for the offense, and Turner knows exactly how to use him.
Beyond that though, the depth that once appeared to be a major asset for the WFT is no longer there. That’s fine, as they have enough talented players to get by at the position. However, if either Gibson or McKissic has to miss time in 2021, they could find themselves relying on players like Barber, Patterson, Miller and Williams to carry the club. That certainly wouldn’t be ideal.
Of course, you can always pick up productive running backs on the free-agent market during the season. We’ve seen veterans get signed and pop off before. It could happen once again if Washington finds themselves shorthanded.
But for now, things look okay. It will, however, be interesting to see how the depth at this position looks a few months from now.