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2020 Redskins Questions: Are there more running backs than roster spots?

2020 Redskins Questions: Are there more running backs than roster spots?

On paper the Redskins did not need to draft a running back, but football games don't get played on paper. 

Washington selected Memphis running back Antonio Gibson in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft in April, and all that pick did was make an already crowded situation downright packed. 

The Redskins already have Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice on the roster and signed J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber as free agents. Plus, the team drafted Bryce Love in 2019, and while he didn't play last year, he remains under team control. Still, the Redskins drafted Gibson, and a third-round pick with the explosive highlight reel of the former Memphis star means he is undoubtedly making the team and very likely taking snaps early in the season. 

Unfortunately, injuries will play a role in this roster battle too.

Bryce Love has never played in the NFL and had additional surgery last fall. At least one other NFL team took Love off their draft board in 2019, sources told NBC Sports Washington, and there are real questions if he can be ready to go for training camp. Love was a star at Stanford and if he can get back on the field he can help Washington, but at this point it looks like a big if. 

Guice has also dealt with significant injury in his two NFL seasons. He's played in just five games in two years, and when on the field he's great, he's just not on the field much. Will that be an issue for a new coach and a new coordinator that weren't invested in Guice as a draft pick? Probably not considering his talent, but this is a different regime. 

What new Redskins offensive coordinator Scott Turner likes is running backs that can catch the ball out of the backfield, and McKissic and Gibson can definitely do that. Expect them to do it. 

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Before things get too far without mention Peterson will make this team. Washington picked up the team option on his contract in March, and that means Rivera made the decision along with Kyle Smith and Rob Rogers. Peterson is the most durable, and by far the most proven, running back on the roster. Barring something crazy, he's not going anywhere. 

That leaves Barber, who the Redskins signed late in the free agency cycle. He's a typical first and second-down back that only missed one game in his first four seasons in Tampa. Beyond the durability and an ability to find the end zone, Barber's numbers aren't too exciting. He averaged 3.4 yards-per-carry in the last two seasons and has only gone over 4 yards-per-carry once, his rookie year in 2016 when he had just 55 carries. 

Barber seems like insurance in case Guice or Peterson aren't ready for the season. Assuming that doesn't happen, Guice and Peterson are traditional running backs and Gibson and McKissic seem like more versatile options also on the roster. Love better get healthy, quick. 

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Derrius Guice brings added hype to Madden 20 livestream, loses to his virtual self

Derrius Guice brings added hype to Madden 20 livestream, loses to his virtual self

While the Bachelor "Listen to Your Heart" season premiere captured the attention of thousands on Monday night, Redskins running back Derrius Guice was also captivating a large audience of people.

"This is way more hype than I would've thought." 

"THIS IS CONTENT!!"

"I have no idea what is going on but the hype is REAL." 

"Yo this is actually so fun to watch lmao." 

These were some of the comments in the Twitch stream from Guice with YouTuber and frequent video game streamer, AA9Skillz. And to be frank, they weren't wrong.

While it may not be ideal to be watching your favorite athletes play the video games you enjoy everday, Guice brought a certain level of excitement to the stream that was infectious. It's obvious his competitive nature boils over past the white lines on the football field to the virtual Madden NFL 20 universe, and fans were relishing at the chance to consume all the action during a time where the thrill of trash talking and big plays have been taken away. 

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Following a straightforward 24-14 win for Guice with the Titans over AA9Skillz's Saints, the two played online together in Madden's "K.O." mode, where Guice continuously erupted after big plays and critical coaching decisions alike. Whether it was the joy of selecting Lamar Jackson or using an Alvin Kamara stiff arm, Guice was getting amped to be competing once again. 

"Let's goooooooooooo!" exclaimed Guice after a big defensive stop.

Then, the virtual reality in which we all now live got funny. AA9Skillz selected to play as the Washington Redskins to try and even the head-to-head series, saying he'll use the video game Guice to defeat real-life Guice. While AA9Skillz was able to manipulate virtual Guice to break free for a few explosive long yardage plays, he did take issue that he couldn't use the "truck" tool to barrel over defenders -- something that amused real-life Guice quite a bit. 

Guice's competitive juices made him want to destroy his Madden self. As a big fan of Derrick Henry's running game, Guice attempted to pound it on the ground, but to no avail. AA9Skillz's gameplay proved a healthy Guice can be just as effective.

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Derrius Guice teases Cam Sims and Shaun Dion Hamilton after Alabama loses to Auburn

Derrius Guice teases Cam Sims and Shaun Dion Hamilton after Alabama loses to Auburn

It's been a tough few weeks for Alabama football. 

Two weeks after they lost to LSU at home, they lost star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the season to a hip injury. 

Fast forward to today. The Crimson Tide were in a shootout with hated rival Auburn Tigers and lining up for a field goal to tie the game at 48 in the closing minutes. 

Kicker Joseph Bulovas sent a 30-yard kick right off the upright to all but seal their second loss of the season, basically eliminating them from the College Football Playoff for the first time. 

After the game, Redskins running back Derrius Guice, who starred at LSU, tweeted a video of him teasing former Alabama players and current Redskins Cam Sims and Shaun Dion Hamilton for their alma mater's loss. 

Guice has certainly had plenty of fun watching Alabama lose this season, as we already noted their loss to LSU from three weeks ago. 

Not too many people, especially former SEC players, like to see Alabama and Nick Saban win. With the program almost certainly out of the CFP for the first time since the changeover from the BCS, those individuals can rejoice. 

Meanwhile, Guice, Sims and Hamilton have a game Sunday against the Panthers at 1 p.m. EST. 

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