The Washington Redskins added another asset to their running game in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the selection of former LSU running back Derrius Guice. This has put him in a unique situation to carve out a significant role out of the backfield in his first campaign.
According to John Keim of ESPN, head coach Jay Gruden voiced that he sees Guice making more of an impact as an early-down running back due to the stable of players at the position on the roster.
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.
Ingram led the Saints in rushing last season with 1,124 yards on 230 carries with 12 TDs.
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However, what Martin says sets Barkley apart from other running backs in this year’s NFL Draft class and gives him the best chance of developing into a special player in the NFL, is his ability to be a consistently dynamic threat as a receiver.
In an offense that featured second-round pick tight end Mick Gesicki and Penn State’s all-time receptions leader DaeSean Hamilton, Barkley caught 102 passes for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons.
I think what makes him different is his unique combination, Martin said. Guys usually with that build, who are that good of runners, they’re not usually that good a receiver out of the backfield, because of the way they’re built. They’re not nimble enough to be a good receiver. He has that. With all of that, also.
Beyond his contributions on the field, Martin echoed Giants co-owner Steve Tisch’s sentiments that Barkley’s strong character off the field gives him a chance to leave his mark both on the Giants, and the city of New York.