The Redskins running back position is in an interesting state. The option on Adrian Peterson’s contract was picked up earlier in the offseason, so he re-joins Derrius Guice and Bryce Love on the roster. When Chris Thompson left in free agency, the Redskins signed J.D. McKissic to fill that role. 

The McKissic signing made it look like backfield was full, but Washington signed Peyton Barber, who started for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. So why are the Redskins hoarding running backs? Study Scott Turner’s offensive system running backs have a huge role, and not just in the running game. The ability to have pass-catching backs in this system is critical. The Panthers’ leading receiver for the past two seasons has been running back Christian McCaffrey, with 116 catches for 1,005 yards in 2019 and 107 catches for 867 yards in 2018. McCaffrey is an exceptional talent and earned the right to so many touches, but look back to Turner’s father, Norv Turner, and…





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