Chargers reason No. 4: Washington is really happy with their running back rotation
Before we talked about how they may prefer their running backs on paper, given the small amount of cap space the entire unit takes up. But how does it look on the field?
Peterson is the main focus here, a veteran future Hall of Fame running back who had a fantastic resurgent year in 2018 following injuries to Washington’s lead backs. With 1,250 total yards and eight touchdowns last year, Peterson looks to lead the rotation to give rookie Dwayne Haskins support as he learns an NFL offense. While Gordon had 1,375 total yards and 14 touchdowns in fewer games played, it’s hard to argue the situation in Washington was better than having Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, and Mike Williams, among others.
Guice, the team’s second-round pick last year, is nearing being cleared to play again. Thompson is a good pass-catching back, and the duo will work behind Peterson to create a solid rotation of running backs.
Jay Gruden impressed with the running back unit and has high praise for Derrius Guice.
— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) August 13, 2019
If the Chargers have Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, and Detrez Newsome, the response from Washington is Peterson, Guice, and Thompson.
So, although Gordon’s addition and subsequent extension could create a more potent offense over the next four or five years, as it would in Los Angeles, Washington appears completely content with using the rotation they have.