In meeting rooms and on the field, Redskins RB Derrius Guice is showing his teammates and coaches what they were hoping to see. The guy who was the seventh running back chosen in the draft—and was considered the second-best one by some scouts—has been what Washington hoped. They understand who he is: A 21-year-old kid with boundless energy that sometimes must be harnessed a bit.
The story mentioned Guice is picking up protection calls quicker than coaches anticipated, which is a huge factor in keeping Guice on the field to become a full-time back. We already have Guice as the team's No. 1 RB on our depth chart, but keep in mind Thompson will still be a huge factor in the offense, especially the passing game, which will possibly limit Guice's fantasy value. But Guice has shown good hands, and in Thompson's nine healthy games last season, other RBs averaged just over 16 touches a game.