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Jay Gruden: Guice more of an early-down 'banger'
NFL.com | 2 weeks ago

The Washington Redskins arguably pulled off a steal by grabbing Derrius Guice with the 59th-overall pick in last month's draft.

The 218-pound bulldozing runner out of LSU reminds scouts of Ezekiel Elliott on the ground, but can Guice develop into an every-down back?

"He has some improvement to do in the pass pro, without a doubt, and I think he'll be the first one to tell you," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, per ESPN's John Keim. "That's something that sometimes in college, with only 20 hours of practice a week, some of the fundamentals as far as pass-blocking sometimes gets swept by."

Said Gruden: "He's more of a first-, second-down banger. But I've seen him at his pro day catch the football. He can catch the football fine, but really, our role for him is quite easy to see. It's first, second down."

Not exactly what fantasy football heads want to hear, but the earth will spin on without their consent.

Besides, those early-down duties are easier to define on paper with the presence of Chris Thompson, Washington's versatile, marvelous pass-catching back who led the team in receiving before breaking his right fibula in November.

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