The biggest story last night (besides Jordan Reed’s latest concussion) was the return of RB Derrius Guice to the field. Guice’s rookie season ended during his first preseason game last year when he tore his ACL against the Patriots. He had knee surgery, but also had multiple setbacks and infections during the recovery process.
Guice was a beloved player in Redskins Nation after the draft, and his injury was a rough one so early in his career. His injury led to the Redskins signing of Adrian Peterson, who is now someone Guice can learn from as the two lead the rushing attack this year.
How did Guice look last night? He was quick, explosive, and looked confident in his knee and his overall game. Guice was throwing stiffarms at defenders, rushing through tackles, and catching passes out of the backfield. His official stat line was 11 carries for 44 yards, and his longest run was 12 yards. He added 1 catch for 4 yards to his total for the Redskins 17-9 win over the Falcons.
How excited are you for Derrius Guice in 2019?
.@Redskins RB Derrius Guice came back looking STRONG in his first game since tearing his ACL a year ago.— NFL (@NFL) August 23, 2019
And wait until you see that stiff arm. @DhaSickest pic.twitter.com/MfM9gcTPbp
Derrius Guice impresses in his return from ACL surgery https://t.co/4OVUX9wACU— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) August 23, 2019
Great to see Guice back on the field again for the #Redskins. First offensive play is a hand off to him and he cuts it back for 7 yards pic.twitter.com/kNgX9l4IKI— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 22, 2019
Guice with a nice stiff arm after a missed block up front, then lowers his shoulder and delivers a big hit to the defender as he goes out of bounds #Redskins pic.twitter.com/wXijpsfonH— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 22, 2019
It has been 379 days since Derrius Guice last carried a football in live action vs another team.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 23, 2019
We all know what happened.
We all saw the hard work put in to return.
Here's the result; his first carry back from injury is a 9 yard cutback.#Redskins pic.twitter.com/W3O1BiMC2C
Nice job by Guice at the start of the drive bouncing his run and finding a lane. Picks up 12 yards #Redskins pic.twitter.com/19SMPKqvXv— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) August 23, 2019
Derrius Guice has explosive speed on the outside, and picks up a big chunk of yardage here for the #Redskins. pic.twitter.com/1rmuwBfVIf— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) August 23, 2019