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Washington's coaches don't care about Peyton Barber's YPC

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In four seasons with the Buccaneers from 2016 to 2019, Peyton Barber averaged 3.6 yards-per-carry. 

In eleven games this season with Washington, Barber's yards-per-carry average has dropped to 2.9.

Most importantly, however, is the Washington Football Team coaching staff is quite pleased with what Barber delivers: good, hard downhill running. 

"Peyton’s a great guy. He works hard every day," Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner said earlier this week. 

"I don’t look at a lot of the stuff that you see being said about the yards-per-carry or stuff like that. He’s a short-yardage and kind of four-minute type back for us."

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Many fans were shocked when Washington cut Adrian Peterson when training camp closed, but as head coach Ron Rivera explained, he wanted carries to go to rookie Antonio Gibson. That also meant Peterson wouldn't be around for short-yardage situations, and Rivera again said he trusted Barber in those spots. 

At 5-foot-11 and 225 lbs., Barber has ideal size to get tough yardage in tough situations. And for Turner, that's just what he's done this year. 

"Those yards are hard to come by in those situations," Turner said. "He’s done a great job of moving the chains."

Washington's last game against Dallas was by far Barber's best statistical performance.

He rushed 11 times for 57 yards, averaging more than 5 yards-per-carry. Outside of that Thanksgiving win against the Cowboys, however, Barber has four games where he averaged 2 yards-per-carry or less. For the year, Barber has 59 carries for 173 yards with two touchdowns. 

 

"For him to have a little bit of success and a little more yardage, especially in this last game, I was happy for him because he shows it every day. Some of those games where he didn’t have production, a lot of it was situational. We were down, we were throwing the ball a little more, so we were using some of those other guys. For him to do that was great. I was talking to [head coach Ron] Rivera and we’ve won four games, in three of those four games he’s gotten first downs that have given us the chance to take a knee at the end of the game. Those are big, big moments.”

When the season ends, the stats won't look pretty for Peyton Barber. Antonio Gibson makes the headlines, J.D. McKissic makes plenty of catches, but Barber plays his role.

Keep in mind, though, Rivera and Turner aren't worried about the stats.