Derrius Guice had to have envisioned the start of his NFL career differently. 

After getting drafted in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Redskins, Guice has dealt with a number of serious leg injuries, including a torn ACL in his rookie debut and a torn meniscus in the 2019 opener. 

As frustrating as it's been for Guice to deal with all the injuries, he's also expressed his frustration in being labeled 'soft.'

"When it comes to constantly being injured and you knowing yourself to know how tough you are, but everybody else looking at you like you’re soft, because you can’t stay on the field it’s gonna frustrate you," Guice said to The Athletic's Rhiannon Walker.

Guice only played in five games in 2019, but showed flashes of what he could be with a 129-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Panthers in Week 13. Following Week 14 against the Packers, Guice was placed on IR and shut down for the year. 

"It’s always the people that’s behind you talking the loudest," he said. "I just got to keep elevating and moving forward."

Now with Ron Rivera leading the franchise, there's a path to Guice becoming one of the better running backs in the NFl. He has the skill set to do it, and Rivera has the track record of leaning on the running game.

It's just a matter of health, and Guice seems eager to shake off his injury history and any presumption that he's soft.

 

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