|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 200 lb.|
|Born:||July 8, 1997|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 4 (112)|
Love (knee), J.D. McKissic and Derrius Guice are all candidates for passing-down snaps, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: With Love, Guice and Adrian Peterson already on the roster, it was a bit surprising to see Washington sign both McKissic and Peyton Barber during the first two weeks of free agency. There's still an opening on passing downs, but it appears Love will face tough competition for a spot on the 53-man roster, hoping to return strong after redshirting his rookie campaign. The 2019 fourth-round pick suffered an ACL tear in December 2018, then had a follow-up surgery in October to address stiffness in the same knee.
Love (knee) has resumed training and hopes to be ready for OTAs, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports.
Analysis: The 2019 fourth-round pick spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve while recovering from the ACL tear he suffered in December 2018 at Stanford. He had a follow-up surgery in October to address stiffness in his right knee, hoping to return to full strength before the 2020 offseason program. Love joins a crowded backfield with Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson battling for carries, but there may be an opening on passing downs if impending free agent Chris Thompson signs with a new team, as expected.
Love (knee) could have a role on passing downs in 2020, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: As expected, the fourth-round pick missed his entire rookie season while rehabbing from the ACL tear he suffered December 2018 at Stanford, with the process including a cleanup surgery in October to address stiffness in his knee. A clean bill of health before the offseason program would give Love a nice opportunity to compete for a role on offense, especially if the Redskins choose not to re-sign impending free agents Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood. The team does have Derrius Guice (knee) and Adrian Peterson under contract, but the former hasn't been able to stay healthy and the latter will celebrate his 35th birthday in March.
The Redskins placed Love (knee) on the reserve/non-football injury list to start the season, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Love is working his way back from an ACL tear sustained December. It remains to be seen whether the rookie fourth-round pick will contribute during the 2019 season, but he'll miss at least the first six weeks. Washington shouldn't feel any need to rush Love back into action considering the team's strong depth at running back which includes Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.
Head coach Jay Gruden said Monday that Love (knee) will open the season on the PUP list and that it's very possible that his 2019 campaign turns out to be a "redshirt year," John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Love sustained a torn ACL in December. The rookie fourth-round pick will have to sit on the PUP list for at least the first six weeks of the season, but he won't count against Washington's 53-man roster. If Love manages to return this season, he'll face a crowded running back room that includes Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson.
Love (knee) will start training camp on the non-football injury list, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: The designation prevents Love from practicing and gives Washington the option to keep him on the team without occupying a spot on the 53-man roster for the first six weeks of the season. The team will no longer have that option if Love is removed from the PUP list later this summer. The rookie fourth-round pick suffered a torn ACL in December and now finds himself looking up at a crowded depth chart in Washington. Any impact before midseason would come as a major surprise.
Love (knee) will focus on rehab work this spring, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official website reports.
Analysis: Love had surgery on a torn ACL in December after struggling through a disappointing senior campaign at Stanford. There was talk of the 2017 Heisman 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 figures to 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.
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