Washington Football Team running back Bryce Love has not played in a real football game since December of 2018 when he tore his ACL in his final collegiate season at Stanford.
Nearly 20 months later, Love is healthy once again. In an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, offensive coordinator Scott Turner is excited to see what Love can bring to the table for the Burgundy and Gold.
"He's looking good. He's another guy we're going to throw in the mix and see how he does," Turner told Finlay. "I've been pleased with him."
It hasn't been an easy road for Love. Recovery from his initial injury forced him to miss the beginning of his rookie season, but the running back needed to have another procedure last October on the same knee that effectively ended his season altogether.
Fast forward to just last week, when Love was activated off the PUP list, which ended his long road to recovery. He's been a full participant in the team's practices since, and the offensive coordinator has liked what he's seen.
"He's responded well," Turner said. "He's embraced what we're asking him to do. He hasn't missed a beat."
As Love enters his second season with the club, his role with the team is not exactly clear.
Adrian Peterson, although 35, has proved he still has plenty of juice in the tank and is expected to be Washington's lead back for a third-straight season. The team used it's third-round pick on RB-WR hybrid Antonio Gibson, who will certainly have a role in the offense, albeit not sure exactly what just yet.
Additionally, Washington signed two other running backs in free agency, J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber. The former is expected to serve a pass-catching role out of the backfield, while the latter has been considered a fringe roster player by many but received a ton of praise from head coach Ron Rivera last week.
However, an opportunity for the second-year running back may have opened just days after he returned to practice. Washington released third-year running back Derrius Guice on August 7 after he was arrested on multiple domestic violence charges.
Guice was expected to have a significant role in Washington's offense. Now, those snaps are up for grabs.
Love has been considered Washington's 'wild card' at the position entering the 2020 season. At Stanford, Love was exceptional and would have likely been a first-round pick had he declared for the draft following his junior season. His knee injury in his final game with the Cardinals is what allowed Washington to grab him with the fourth-round pick a year ago.
If Love can return to the form he was in prior to his knee injury, Washington certainly got a steal at running back. In his first season as a full-time offensive coordinator, Turner is excited to see what he has in the former All-American.
"[Love] looks really good," Turner said. "I'm excited to get him going."