Jay Gruden excited by what Derrius Guice can add to Washington’s passing game

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Washington rookie running back Derrius Guice caught just 32 passes in three seasons at LSU. But in the NFL, he appears poised to have a significant role as a receiver.

That’s the word from Washington coach Jay Gruden, who said “it’s been very exciting” watching Guice catch passes during offseason work.

Washington already has one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL in Chris Thompson, who had 39 catches for 510 yards and four receiving touchdowns in 10 games last season.

If Guice proves himself as a receiver as well, that’s going to be great news for new quarterback Alex Smith.

12 responses to “Jay Gruden excited by what Derrius Guice can add to Washington’s passing game

  1. Slightly concerned with the amount of time Jack Gruden (Jay’s son) has been spending with Guice. I know it is important to have a good relationship with players when you are the coach’s son, but he did the same thing when Su’a Cravens was in Washington and we know how that turned out. Not saying that Jack had anything to do with that lunatic leaving, but I just think it might be smart if they peel him back a bit.

  2. Oh, come on, Jay. We all know you would love to pass every single play if you could. You finally have a true workhorse back. Run the damn ball.

  3. So Washington already has a very good 3rd down pass catching back in Thompson but needed a 1st and 2nd down back hence selecting Guice. Oh little Gruden is upset big brother is back in the business and stealing all the attention

  4. Won’t matter at all – that horrible offensive line is still horrible and Smith will be on IR by the middle part of the season – he is not durable and the Redskins will get a chance to taste having no QB again of merit. They signed a choker and a stat padder who can’t win big games – never has. And this is the same reason they used to can Cousins? Fools.

  5. watching an offensive player catch passes shouldn’t be “exciting” it should be routine and workmanlike. “Exciting” sounds like it should be accompanied by the sounds of Julius Fucik’s Entry of the Gladiators.

  6. Good pick. Special RB. Will easily be a franchise back if he stays healthy. With decent health, they’re set at QB, RB, TE, and OL, just need their avg WRs to step it up.

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