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Derrius Guice has already impressed the Redskins and it's not because of his running

Derrius Guice has already impressed the Redskins and it's not because of his running

It was ONE rookie minicamp practice in May — a practice that didn't include much blocking, any tackling or more than a handful of future NFL players — but even in that single session, Derrius Guice gave off the vibe of a running back who's not going to be fun to bring down.

Wearing a Redskins jersey for the first time between the white lines, the 2018 Draft's 59th overall pick looked thick and strong, standing out on an Ashburn field that was littered with more than 80 other roster hopefuls. Afterward, however, it wasn't Guice's work on offense that impressed Jay Gruden the most.

"He’s just a ball of energy," the head coach said of the ex-LSU RB in his post-minicamp presser. "He’s really excited to be here. He’s willing to learn. He’s first in the meeting, got his playbook open and just soaking in all the knowledge."

That energy and excitement that Gruden mentioned were immediately evident in Guice's chat with the media, too.

"It felt like my dream finally came true," the 20-year-old said when asked how he enjoyed his first real(-ish) taste of pro football. 

The self-described angry runner didn't mind that there wasn't any contact in Friday's practice, either. He still found the experience to be quite valuable.

"I feel like this is important, just getting a grasp on the plays," he said. "It's not all about just putting on the pads, going out there and running someone over. It's the mental stuff first."

The physical stuff isn't at all the issue with Guice; his 32 career touchdowns in the SEC can tell you that. What worried organizations, and what ultimately caused him to slide to the bottom of the draft's second round, is that mental stuff — his maturity, his preparedness, his dedication.

Yet Gruden, Doug Williams and others with the 'Skins have had nothing but good things to say about their newest offensive weapon's character since they selected him. 

As for Guice, well, let's just say he's pretty thrilled about his current occupation and so far is showing no signs of being a guy who's not passionate about what he does.

"It's just football all day," he said, "and I feel like that's the best part about being a pro."


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Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins named the Redskins starting QB for the rest of the 2019 season

Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.

The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan. 

In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.

On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.

At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond. 

The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins. 

Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town. 


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Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

Bye week and Dolphins surge helps Redskins move up in 2020 draft order

It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants. 

That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.

While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
  2. Washington Redskins (1-8)
  3. New York Giants (2-8)
  4. Miami Dolphins (2-7)
  5. New York Jets (2-7)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
  7. Cleveland Browns (3-6)
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
  9. Denver Broncos (3-6)
  10. Arizona Cardinals  (3-6-1)

Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th. 

Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio. 

Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade.