Washington HC Jay Gruden seemed happy with his 1st look at recently signed RB Adrian Peterson in game action Friday night. “I saw a big guy running pretty hard really,” Gruden told reporters afterward. “He ... had a couple good bounces, and, you know, the thing I like about some of his runs is they look like they’re like gains of ones [yard] and he’d fall forward for a gain of three. The first run of the day I thought it was a three-yard gain and he ends up second and three. I was impressed with Adrian and the way he ran.” Peterson carried 11 times for 56 yards, while Rob Kelley played just 3 snaps with the starters (and totaled 8 carries for 19 yards). That doesn't necessarily indicate a new depth chart. It certainly made sense to give Peterson more run to test out the new guy over an incumbent in his 3rd year with Gruden. Samaje Perine is also expected to return to action in the coming week. We'll see how this situation gets sorted out. In the meantime, we're not drafting any of Washington's 3 big backs until well into the double-digit rounds.

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Redskins RB Adrian Peterson is a healthy scratch for today’s game against the Eagles. Derrius Guice is locked in as Washington’s early-down back but figures to lose pass-catching work to RB Chris Thompson

Washington RB Adrian Peterson will be a surprise inactive for today's game against the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We already expected RB Derrius Guice to clearly lead the backfield and didn't consider Peterson a Week 1 fantasy option. This news, however, adds upside to Guice's touch outlook -- both for Week 1 and beyond. Guice still doesn't make for a strong Week 1 option with his team a 10-point underdog on the road and Philadelphia a strong run D in recent seasons -- plus Washington missing starters at LT and LG. But it looks like his backfield now.

A month ago, we had an NFL.com writer calling Adrian Peterson the "lead dog" in the Washington backfield. Now, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post seems to agree. Copeland wrote this week that RBs coach Randy Jordan expects a 60-40 work split between Peterson and Derrius Guice "one way or the other." He then added that Peterson "likely will be named the starter." Perhaps that's just speculation based on Peterson's solid performance last year. But it all at least indicates a lack of certainty on the roles in Washington. A healthy Guice leads in upside here, though, and his ADP has fallen to the bottom of RB3 territory. Taking shots on either or both RBs here makes sense for fantasy football drafts. We'll keep watching the situation through camp and the preseason.

NFL.com's Kevin Patra writes that RB Adrian Peterson is "set to be lead dog" in Washington's backfield this season. Peterson averaged a decent 4.2 yards per carry on 251 attempts last year and ranked 11th among 47 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating. There's evidently still gas left in the 34-year-old's tank. But RB Derrius Guice -- if recovered from his torn ACL -- would seem to bring more upside at this point. The Redskins' backfield will be worth monitoring closely when training camp gets going. Guice is currently going in the 6th round of fantasy drafts; Peterson in the 11th.

RB Adrian Peterson is re-signing with the Redskins on a 2-year deal. The future Hall-of-Famer exceeded expectations (as usual) last year, pumping out his 8th 1,000-yard campaign on a decent 4.2 yards per carry. Ideally for Washington, Peterson will be a lightly used backup behind Derrius Guice in 2019.

Update: Peterson's deal is for $8 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We're curious to see more details on the contract, but this initial reports makes it look like the 'Skins envision a significant role for AP. Perhaps there's concern about Guice's rehab from last year's torn ACL, which has required multiple surgeries.

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