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.