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Explaining what Bryce Love’s arrival means for Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson

Explaining what Bryce Love’s arrival means for Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson

The Redskins made a number of obvious moves during the 2019 NFL Draft. 

The team needed a quarterback, so they added a quarterback. Washington had to bring in interior offensive linemen, so they drafted two guards. The team was desperate for new talent at the receiver position, and brought in two new wideouts. 

One selection made less sense though, at least on the surface level. 

In the fourth round, the Redskins took Stanford running back Bryce Love. A dynamic talent and Heisman finalist two seasons ago, Love would have been a first-round pick a year ago had he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Instead, he returned to Stanford for his senior season. His team wasn’t nearly as good, his numbers dipped, and he suffered a major knee injury late in the year (see video above)

That’s the Love situation. 

The Redskins running back situation is quite different. And possibly full. 

Adrian Peterson proved he still had plenty left last year when he played in every game and rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He will be 34 this season, but after last year, it would be silly to believe he can’t continue to produce. 

There’s also Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson. 

Guice was supposed to be the future at RB last year when he was drafted in the second round, until he hurt his knee in the preseason. Guice missed his entire rookie season. 

Thompson has been a strong weapon for Washington when he’s been able to stay on the field. In 2017, Thompson was having a fantastic season before breaking his leg late in the year. In 2018, Thompson dealt with a bunch of different injuries and his production suffered. 

The ‘Skins have other backs - Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall fill out the depth chart. But the addition of Love is not about replacing Perine or Marshall. 

The addition of Love can mean a few different things. 

Thompson is in the last year of his contract. He’s a fan favorite, active in the community and one of the best blocking backs in the NFL. 

Love’s game seems well suited for a third-down back role in the NFL. He has speed and burst but probably not the size to play every down. 

A year from now, Love looks like a natural replacement for Thompson. That might be tough for fans to hear because Thompson is such a great dude, but it’s the cold reality of the NFL business. 

This season, however, expect Love to open his first NFL training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That means he won’t count toward the 53-man roster and won’t be eligible to play until the halfway point of the season. 

By then, odds are one of the Redskins other running backs might be hurt, and Love can start to play. Assuming his recovery from ACL surgery suffers no setbacks.

Speaking of setbacks, Guice is returning from knee surgery and Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he was ahead of schedule in his recovery. Love's arrival should not cast doubt on Guice's availability. That said, Love could be insurance down the road if Guice struggles coming back from a knee that bothered him in college too. 

From a roster standpoint, the Redskins carried four running backs last year. There's no reason to think they can't do that again, but it would be too big an assumption to put Love on the team as the fourth RB. 

For 2018, Guice, Peterson and Thompson all seem like roster locks. Then probably Perine again if, or when, Love starts the year on the PUP list. The Redskins are not required to activate Love to the roster if they do use the PUP list, though he might be able to gain some valuable practice time. 

Love's arrival likely means much more for 2020 than it does for 2019. It's a move for a team that is planning ahead, as Thompson will be a free agent and Peterson will be 35 years old. 


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Dolphins GM wants a leader at QB and has 'more than enough' to move up in the draft

Dolphins GM wants a leader at QB and has 'more than enough' to move up in the draft

The Dolphins hold the fifth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and if things break perfectly, they might be able to select Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with that pick. 

Unfortunately for Miami, things rarely go perfectly for any team in the NFL Draft.

The reality is if the Dolphins want a quarterback, they have very little chance of getting LSU passer Joe Burrow. He will go No. 1 overall to Cincinnatti unless the Bengals are certifiably crazy.

After that come the Washington Redskins. Ron Rivera's new team drafted a rookie QB last year in Dwayne Haskins, and he showed significant growth late in the 2019 season. It seems that the Redskins will take Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the second pick. It seems like an easy decision.

But if Miami is desperate for a QB, the only way to guarantee they get their guy is to get to number two. Detroit has the third pick, New York has the fourth pick, then the Dolphins. 

The Redskins, Lions and Giants don't look to be in the quarterback market, but that doesn't mean other teams won't call them for a trade.

Even the most casual fan knows there aren't enough good passers in the NFL, and while Burrow is the most coveted prospect, don't count out Tagovailoa. He is going to gain immense steam as a draft prospect by late April. Scouts and personnel guys swear by the former Alabama passer as a person and as a quarterback. He's coming off a major hip injury, but the Dolphins have Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract for the 2020 season. 

It's all hypothetical right now, and maybe even a long shot, but the Dolphins GM knows he has the ammunition to move up from the fifth pick if needed. 

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier spoke at the Senior Bowl this week and said his team has "more than enough" options in the draft to get their quarterback. Miami has three first-round picks this year - Nos. 5, 18 and 26 - along with two second-round picks. That's plenty of capital if Grier decides his team needs to move up. 

And it sure sounds like Grier wants Tagovailoa.

"He’s been a winner. The fact that he won the Elite 11 and he goes to Alabama and has the storybook, coming off the bench in the national championship. Everyone always talks about his accuracy," Grier said via The Miami Herald. "Talk about the person, as well. The intangibles that we talk about. Looking forward to getting to meet him."

The only way for Miami to guarantee they get Tua is to trade into the second spot. Nobody knows what QB-needy team could trade into the third spot. And Grier knows that. 

It's also important to point out that Grier added what most around the NFL know: In the time before the draft there is "a lot of misinformation" out there. 

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Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

The Redskins recruiting coordinator and quarterback Dwayne Haskins wants to reunite with another one of his former Buckeye teammates in the NFL.

On Thursday, Haskins quote tweeted a video of WR K.J. Hill's highlights at the Senior Bowl with the caption "Need em."

After a back-and-forth, the Redskins' first-round draft pick sealed his approval on the draft prospect by tagging the Redskins' team account. 

K.J. Hill overlapped with Haskins for two years with the Ohio State Buckeyes. During Haskins' final year in Columbus, Hill was the No. 2 receiver with 70 receptions for 885 yards and six touchdowns. 

There was a small dip in production for Hill after Haskins left for the NFL, however, he became a bigger red zone target with 10 touchdowns. 

If the Redskins decided to adhere to their QB's requests, he would not be the only former pass-catching Buckeye to wear the Burgandy and Gold. Third-round draft pick Terry McLaurin was also on the 2018 Ohio State squad before making the move to the NFL.

Hill is just the latest player to be endorsed by Haskins since he became the Redskins starter.  Haskins has tweeted support for the Redskins to bring on Chad Johnson as a wide receiving coach, to draft Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick, and to sign free agent WR Antonio Brown

Additionally, he understandably asked Trent Williams to come back to protect him on the offensive line after Bruce Allen was removed. 

Could the Redskins go and get another Buckeye in the draft?

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