Washington selected rookie running back Bryce Love from Stanford in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, and he will compete for a reserve role this season. Love is coming off a torn ACL from last year, and he's hoping to be ready by training camp. This season, if healthy, Love will likely be No. 4 on the depth chart behind Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. But Love and Guice could be Washington's tandem of running backs as early as 2020 since Peterson is near the end of his career, and Thompson is in the final year of his contract. We don't recommend drafting Love in most seasonal leagues, but he is worth a late-round flier in rookie-only drafts.
Love (knee) will focus on rehab work this spring, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports. Love had surgery to repair a torn ACL in December after struggling through a disappointing senior campaign at Stanford. There was talk of the 2017 Heisman Trophy candidate going undrafted, but Washington picked him up early in the fourth round at No. 112 overall. Love won't participate in spring drills and will likely have limitations at the start of training camp in late July. With Derrius Guice (knee), Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson on the roster, Washington doesn't have any reason to rush Love into action.
The Redskins selected Love (knee) in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 112th overall. Had he come out of Stanford last year, Love likely would have been a mid-second-round pick at worst. Love was a Heisman candidate as a junior in 2017, racking up 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. His senior year was a near-disaster. He was dinged up throughout and his production fell off a cliff, as he averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Love suffered a torn ACL in December and was thus unable to test at the combine; he was also flagged at the combine medical re-check for having some stiffness in his surgically repaired knee. With that, Love may be a future asset for the Redskins more than someone in their immediate plans. But if Love can regain his 2017 explosiveness, he will be an absolute steal for this ballclub as a fourth-round pick.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/29||@New York Giants||23||19.88|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|7||10/20||San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
|11||11/17||New York Jets||18||17.75|
|14||12/08||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|16||12/22||New York Giants||23||19.88|