Jay Gruden likes the Guice-Peterson duo at running back

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In training camp last year, Washington was expecting rookie Derrius Guice to be its starting running back, and wasn’t even expecting Adrian Peterson to be on the team. But after Guice suffered a season-ending knee injury, Peterson single-handedly took over the running game and finished with 1,042 yards.

So with Guice expected to be healthy and Peterson back this year, who’s going to be the starter?

That’s an interesting dilemma right there,” head coach Jay Gruden said. “Number one, Guice has got to get healthy. . . . He’s young, I’m sure it’ll be effortless for him to get back in shape, but still, we’re talking about a major knee injury for a running back. So, it’s something we have to really look at and make sure he’s 100 percent. And make sure he still runs with the same type of energy and charisma and effort he played with before the injury, because sometimes those injuries have an effect on you mentally. I don’t think it will with Derrius . . . but still, you never know.”

Gruden said he thinks Peterson is capable of carrying the load again, but with Guice back he won’t have to.

“Having AP back is nice,” Gruden said. “He rushed for over 1,000 yards. He’s a little bit older, but he doesn’t look it. He’s in great shape. Saw him the other day. It’s a great dilemma to have those two guys.”

With Colt McCoy and Case Keenum battling for the starting quarterback job, Washington may need to hand off a lot. So Gruden hopes both of his running backs are ready.

5 responses to “Jay Gruden likes the Guice-Peterson duo at running back

  1. Using multiple running backs is stolen valor. If gruden wanted a platoon back there he should of hired a vet instead. having sayed that i have 2 say i expect AP to be effective when switching back and forth.

  2. This may not be a popular opinion, but if Colt McCoy has a decent offseason and can perform in the preseason I’m rolling with him to start the year and then maybe Keenum if the wheels fall off. Washington fans should not hit the panic button. Keep chopping wood and things will turn around. #Alexstrong

  3. I understand that AP gave us over 1,000 yards and absolutely surprised everyone, but we saw what happened in New Orleans when he had to split carries and it wasn’t pretty. He needs to get fed 15-20 times to be effective and that made sense last year when Guice wasn’t in the equation. If AP was signed again to ease into a mentor role and provide help while Guice continues rehabbing, then that’s one thing…but let’s be honest, Guice is ready to eat and it should be his backfield by the 2nd half of the season.

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