Washington running back Bryce Love passed his physical and will be part of the competition at the position this season. That's huge news, and all of a sudden, could make some serious impact.
While not loaded with offensive weapons, Washington has a lot of depth at the running back position. The team already had Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice returning from last season. Peterson is a certain Hall of Famer when he ever decides to hang up his cleats, and Guice has shown serious explosiveness when healthy. He's healthy right now. Then there's J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber, two new players the team signed in free agency, and rookie Antonio Gibson, a versatile running back/wide receiver that Washington drafted in the third round.
That's a lot of backs even before Love returned to action.
The former Stanford star missed all of 2019 with a knee injury, and had a second surgery last fall that complicated his recovery. Some wondered if he would play this year, but he's clear now and head coach Ron Rivera expects him to compete.
If he's fully healthy and can return to this Stanford form before the injury, Love could be a star. In 2017 as a junior in Palo Alto, Love rushed for more than 2,100 yards in 13 games and scored 19 touchdowns. He averaged an absurd 8.1 yards-per-carry. He was a house call threat every time he touched the ball. Speed. Elusive. Power. The total package.
Stanford RB Bryce Love (@Blovee_20) Highlights— JustBombsProductions (@JBP_Official) April 28, 2018
Love is extremely fast, but it's his vision & underrated strength that separates him from other fast RBs. Watch out defenses, he'll be back in 2018.
2017 Stats: 263 ATT 2,118 Yards 19 TD
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Having too many star running backs is a good problem to have. If everyone gets to Labor Day Weekend healthy, Washington will have some tough decisions to make.
That's a long ways off right now though, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic swirling around. Let's see Love out on the field and competing before any jerseys get sold. Still, passing that physical and being in the position to compete is a big deal.
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