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Washington RB Bryce Love has passed his physical after recovering from multiple surgeries on his injured right knee. 

Drafted by Washington in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, the 23-year-old Love is "ready to go" after having a second surgery last October to repair his torn ACL. Love had a dominant junior year at Stanford, rushing for more than 2,000 yards and piling up 19 touchdowns. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry over 49 games at Stanford. He'll enter a crowded backfield in Washington, with a finally-healthy Derrius Guice expected to handle lead-back duties for the Football Team. 

Jul 28, 2020, 10:58 AM ET
 
  • Washington released RB Derrius Guice.

    Guice was released following his domestic violence-related arrest. Washington is cutting ties with Guice, but this is another bad look for an organization that's been under fire this offseason. ESPN's John Keim reports that charges against Guice stemmed from three separate incidents earlier this year. With Guice gone, Washington will move forward with Bryce Love and rookie Antonio Gibson competing with Adrian Peterson for snaps. Guice will be facing a minimum six-game suspension if he lands a second chance. 

    Aug 7, 2020, 7:02 PM ET
     
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I think it will end up being a committee mess for Washington this year.  You have Adrian Peterson, Love, Antonio Gibson, Peyton Barber and possibly also J.D. McKissic if they also keep him vying for snaps.  The only Washington rb I will consider drafting is the rookie Gibson.

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11 minutes ago, 30Burger said:

Have someone offering me his Love for my Gibson straight up in dynasty and I have no idea what to do lol

I would keep Gibson especially if it's PPR.  I've read good reports on both players but Love has had some serious injuries so I'd lean toward Gibson.

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  • NBC Sports' JP Finlay believes Bryce Love being Washington's No. 2 running back "seems quite real."

    With Adrian Peterson receiving a routine day off, Love was thrust into Washington's first-team reps in practice Wednesday. It's encouraging to see him healthy after essentially redshirting his rookie season in 2019. The depth chart following Derrius Guice's release is firmly up for grabs, and there are a handful of ways it can shake out. Love will primarily be competing with Peterson for early-down work, while third-round rookie Antonio Gibson attempts to carve out a passing-down role and potentially more. Love's injury history should keep the fantasy chatter low, but he's at least on the radar in deep leagues. Gibson is a boom-bust option around the 80th to 120th overall pick in fantasy drafts.

    Aug 19, 2020, 3:45 PM ET
     
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JDMcK and Gibson to fight for receiving work. 

 

AP + Bryce to fight for work with Bryce I expect to overtake AP toward the EOS, but then you still have to factor in Peyton Barber whom coaches love and trust as someone that won't fumble on the goal line and can pass protect at an important time. 

 

I think without injuries this backfield isn't worth it, but you're probably spending such a late round pick anyway that I guess it doesn't really matter to throw a dart late and hope. 

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1 hour ago, Spyplane said:

So let's say AP goes down on the first play of Week 1. Is Love durable enough to shoulder a big workload?

In 2017 he had 269 touches for 2100+ yards and 19 TD, so that seems ok. He also had 1.5 year to come back from his torn ACL, so I assume he should be fully recovered now.

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How is Love with receiving skills? 

 

I think Gibson and Love around around the same price with Gibson maybe a little higher, who is the PPR choice between the two? I know Gibson was mainly a receiver in college but I pay very little attention to college ball.

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4 minutes ago, bangarrang said:

How is Love with receiving skills? 

 

I think Gibson and Love around around the same price with Gibson maybe a little higher, who is the PPR choice between the two? I know Gibson was mainly a receiver in college but I pay very little attention to college ball.

 

Gibson profiles to be used exclusively as a receiving back and gadget player, year 1 at least. 

 

Love profiles exclusively to be a 2 down back, year 1 at least. 

 

Just because you're not asked to do something in college doesn't mean you can't. But it is what you profile as and it is what teams draft you to do. 

 

My guess is that those 2 rookies will be pigeon holed into those roles year 1.

 

The difference to me is Gibson has 1 very underwhelming body standing in his way whereas Love has 2. Gibson also has zero NFL experience so it's unlikely he's handed the keys until very close to the end of season IMO. 

 

I do believe the Redskins take 5 backs to the final 53 man roster and I do believe they all have roles with no one's role becoming clearly defined before injuries run their course (or excessive fumbles). 

 

If you're betting long term Bryce Love has 5x the talent and has this battle won by a mile IMO (If health preserves). 

 

If you're betting on 2020 PPR scoring I believe that Gibson wins that metric but will be unusable without JDMcK season ending injury. 

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5 minutes ago, Spyplane said:

How would you guys rank him in PPR compared to other backups such as McKinnon, Thompson, Freeman, Dillon, Vaughn, Hines, Boston, Moss and Gibson?

 

For me personally, I have little interest in majority of those guys with everyone heading to camp healthy.  

 

Freeman?  Devonta Freeman?  He hasn't landed on a squad last I checked, where he lands can obviously change things, however.

 

Injuries always change things though.

 

That said the one guy that really sticks out to me is CT25 AKA Chris Thompson.

 

The only thing that's stood in that guys way from being a known fantasy commodity is his own health.  

 

He's had serious game winning stretches before being lost to the season in multiple years playing under... Jay Gruden.

 

Jay Gruden recently took the job as OC in Jacksonville and his first order of business was to go out and get... Chris Thompson.

 

Jay has a plan for CT and has a role for him. 

 

I've been a Leonard Fournette truther and backer for years and bought him cheap in a keeper league prior to last season, but after the Jay Gruden news and bringing in of HIS OWN pass catching back, I immediately sent Fournette away in a trade.  

 

I'm only saying this to say how confident I am in Chris Thompson's path to PPR Relevancy in 2020 IFF he can stay healthy, which is NOT a guarantee.

 

LSS... Chris Thompson is the guy I want the most there.  

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3 hours ago, bangarrang said:

How is Love with receiving skills? 

Stanford hardly used him in the receiving game. In this game from 13:00 they used Love in a hurry up offense with lots of passing (they were 21-0 down) but what strikes me is not so much his receiving chops as much as his horrendous pass protection. That's.... Not great.

https://youtu.be/rZulzE6EYtA

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River Boat Ron on Bryce Love...The drumbeat is getting louder...

 

"I really do appreciate how hard Bryce has worked in the offseason in terms of his rehab program," Rivera told reporters on Zoom. "From where he's come, it's been remarkable to watch. He's done a great job. Very smart, bright football player. Loves the game and works hard at it."

"He's a guy that's multi-dimensional," Rivera continued. "At Stanford, he didn't have to do a lot of routes and pass catching, but he's very capable and we're getting to see that. This is a guy that could be an every-down back for you. He's an explosive, dynamic player."

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7 hours ago, Dreams And Dwightmares said:

 

 The difference to me is Gibson has 1 very underwhelming body standing in his way whereas Love has 2. Gibson also has zero NFL experience so it's unlikely he's handed the keys until very close to the end of season IMO. 

 

I do believe the Redskins take 5 backs to the final 53 man roster and I do believe they all have roles with no one's role becoming clearly defined before injuries run their course (or excessive fumbles). 

 

If you're betting long term Bryce Love has 5x the talent and has this battle won by a mile IMO (If health preserves). 

 

If you're betting on 2020 PPR scoring I believe that Gibson wins that metric but will be unusable without JDMcK season ending injury. 

 

Gibson taking snaps at RB doesn't really hurt Love (or AP). He'll still be the lead ball carrier. 

If love returns to his college form, he's by far the best RB on this team. But we don't know if he will. He's had such a long layoff, and any prediction would be an uninformed guess. 

 

For what it's worth, he got a veterans rest day and he claims to be fully recovered since February. Sucks we don't have a preseason to actually watch this guy play. Hype trains are fuelled by good preseason performances. 

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18 hours ago, Dreams And Dwightmares said:

That's funny, with Guice there last week I thought the only safe cut of the 6 was AP. 

 

Now, you believe he's the only safe STAY. 

 

I guess we'll see. 

I guess in my mind its still AP.. and mckissic is ok but Gibson seems to be getting all the press... and barber I am not real sure why they brought him in??

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12 minutes ago, sjm76 said:

Love has been going undrafted in the leagues I'm in.  I think he's worth a speculative add if you have bench space in standard leagues.

 

Yeah, it's just hard to imagine his value this year. AP isn't going away, and that's the role Love needs to be valuable. Gibson has a better opportunity because he'll play the pass catching role to show what he can do.

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Took this guy way too high in my live draft yesterday but starting not to regret it.. I think he’s the most well-rounded guy in this backfield, nearly as explosive as Gibson with far more experience as a RB. 2100 yards and 20 TDs at an 8 ypc clip in his best college season is no joke.

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