As we've said numerous times, depth charts can't always be trusted and this could be a prime example. McKissic saw most of his playing time in passing situations while with the Seahawks and Lions, so there figures to be room for several backs to see playing time for Washington. Gibson, of course, has got a ton of press over the past several weeks, especially with the release of Adrian Peterson. Gibson will likely prove to be the player to watch over the long term and should end up being the back to own here.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera praised RB Peyton Barber Friday. "I always liked him in Tampa when I coached in Carolina," said Rivera. "Barber gets the tough extra yard, very physical, good in pass protection and "sneaky" as a receiver."
Rivera wanted to get Barber some love as it seems every back in D.C. has the past few weeks. Barber should be behind Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love for touches while mixing in with the entire group for pass-catching work. Barber's value comes with an injury.
Through two days of open practice with the Washington Football Team, Bryce Love has certainly looked quite promising in individual drills and full-squad work. The offensive backfield still needs to be sorted out — Antonio Gibson is someone else who could be primed for a lot of usage now that Derrius Guice is gone — but as HC Ron Rivera described, Love could very well carve out a huge role right away.
"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."
Even the story indicated it may be too much and too early to have all this love for Love. But he's certainly someone to watch. We continue to favor Gibson as the back to own on Washington. We rank Gibson 32nd among our RBs. Veterans like Peterson and Barber could see their share of early-season work until the younger players are up to speed.
Washington Football Team running back Bryce Love has not played in a real football game since December of 2018 when he tore his ACL in his final collegiate season at Stanford.
Nearly 20 months later, Love is healthy once again. In an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, offensive coordinator Scott Turner is excited to see what Love can bring to the table for the Burgundy and Gold.
"He's looking good. He's another guy we're going to throw in the mix and see how he does," Turner told Finlay. "I've been pleased with him."