Washington Hopes To Extends AD's Career By Committee

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Washington Redskins hope to extend Adrian Peterson's career using the running back by committee approach.

Peterson will be entering his 13th season in the NFL, coming off arguably his best season since 2015 averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

The upcoming season, Washington enters with a loaded backfield featuring three backs under 25 years old. The team hasn’t shied away from their intentions distributing the workload from Peterson to 2018 second-round draft pick Derrius Guice, who missed last season with a torn ACL, giving the team a fresh pair of legs to support the aging All-Pro Peterson.

"There's no question the man has taken a lot of hits, but also delivered a lot. The thing I'm trying to get them to understand: All you guys can feed off each other. It allows them to come to the sidelines and see the whole game in a different light, " said Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan to ESPN's John Keim.

Washington hopes with the running back by committee approach, the 34-year old veteran Peterson will mentor Guice and help guide the talented back through the recovery process. Peterson, who tore his ACL in 2011 and returned within nine months could be instrumental instilling confidence in Guice.

“He knows there will be some hurdles,” said Jordan. “The great thing is he has one of the best players he can refer to and say, ‘Hey, man, when did you know you got it back when you came off your ACL injury?'”

And with a loaded back field -- talent like Samaje Perine, who Washington coaches praise his work ethic, could be summoned to contribute in unlikely ways.

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