Well it's finally happening. Derrius Guice is healthy and he is the man in Washington. This leaves Adrian Peterson on the outside looking in.
There have been rumors swirling since last week about Peterson's status with the Redskins. One rumor said Jay Gruden wanted to actually cut Peterson when the team trimmed their roster to 53 players. It was also rumored that Peterson would be inactive today. That will reportedly happen.
A year ago, Adrian Peterson came off the street and ran for 96 yards and a TD on the opening weekend. Now, the #Redskins are planning to have him inactive. Big sign of confidence in Derrius Guice, but also means they like what Smallwood brings on special teams too https://t.co/hX7htGyobs— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 8, 2019
Gruden made it clear throughout the week that the Redskins run game would be going through Derrius Guice.
"That it is about Derrius Guice, how much faith we have in him to carry the ball. We drafted him for a reason. We feel like he can be a first, second and even a third down back, if needed. I think the offense, carries wise, will probably go through him, pretty much. Obviously, Chris Thompson we like. Special team guy, we just had to have another guy like [Wendall] Smallwood that can contribute on punt and also do some things on third down as well. We feel good about the guys we kept. Obviously, AP [Adrian Peterson] is still here that can run the ball as good as anybody. We’re good at running back.”
He was also asked about the possibility of Adrian Peterson being inactive, but he danced around that question.
On if there is a discussion of RB Adrian Peterson being inactive Week 1:
“Ifs, you know – if the hurricane hits then we won’t have a game so I don’t know. We’ve got a lot of ‘ifs’ we’ve got to worry about. We’re just going to go [out] tomorrow see who’s active, see who can play and then we’ll make the determination come Sunday.”
Derrius Guice is returning from a torn ACL he suffered in the first preseason game of his rookie season last year. The Redskins only played him in one preseason game this year, giving him 11 carries that he took for 44 yards. They are confident in his recovery and the workload they plan on giving him as the feature back. Chris Thompson will continue his role as the 3rd down back...for now. Former Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood was claimed off waivers and he will also be active as a backup and special teamer.
Here’s Adrian Peterson on being a backup at the end of his Hall of Fame career. pic.twitter.com/pLZaOYbcKs— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 5, 2019