Aug 31, 2020; Washington, DC, United States; Washington Football Team running back Bryce Love (35) catches a pass during a practice at Fedex Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington waives former Heisman runner-up Bryce Love

The Washington Football Team on Monday waived running back Bryce Love, the former Stanford star who has yet to play a down in the NFL.

Love was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 2017, when he ran for 2,118 yards on 263 carries (8.1 yards per attempt) and 19 touchdowns.

After returning for his senior season, Love tore his ACL in the final game of his collegiate career. Washington selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft, but placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list before the season began.

Love was on the active roster for a few games in 2020, did a midseason stint on injured reserve due to swelling in his knee and was designated to return. But he was not elevated to the active roster in the 21-day time span.

Washington instead moves forward at the position with Antonio Gibson, coming off a solid rookie season in 2020, and J.D. McKissic as its main backs.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Young out, McLaurin questionable vs. Ravens

Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Coach Ron Rivera said that Young is “day-to-day” with the groin injury he sustained during last Sunday’s 34-20 loss to Cleveland.

Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, has collected eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in three games for Washington.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin is listed as questionable for the contest versus Baltimore (2-1) after sitting out practice on Friday. He injured his thigh during the previous day’s practice.

McLaurin, 25, leads the team in receptions (16) and receiving yards (269). He also has a touchdown catch for Washington (1-2), which will look to snap a two-game skid on Sunday.

Should McLaurin sit out on Sunday, Washington could look to tight end Logan Thomas (12 catches, 94 yards, one touchdown) or Dontrelle Inman (seven receptions, 76 yards, two scores) to aid its passing game.

Also on Friday, Washington placed running back Bryce Love on injured reserve. Love has experienced swelling in his knee as he works to return since tearing his ACL in his final collegiate game in December 2018.

“It’s probably from overuse,” Rivera said. “He’s got some issues with (his knee), so we decided to IR him and put him down so he can rest it and get that swelling down.”

Rivera added that he hopes Love will only be out 3-4 weeks (new injured reserve rules allow players to come off the list after three weeks) and, when asked whether the injury was considered season-ending, said, “No. Not at all.”

–Field Level Media

Love it or Leave it: Odds for the Heisman Trophy

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride. That old cliche encapsulates Stanford’s past ten years with the Heisman trophy. Beginning with Toby Gerhart finishing second to Mark Ingram in 2009, and finishing with Bryce Love as the runner-up to Baker Mayfield last year, a Cardinal has finished second in the Heisman voting five times in the last nine seasons. Andrew Luck did it twice and Christian McCaffrey once, in addition to those above.

Now, if odds are to be believed, Love has the second best chance of winning the Heisman behind Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa. Will this be the year Stanford finally gets over the hump or will a Crimson Tide player steal it for the third time? 

Data provided by Westgate and updated weekly.

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2019 NFL Draft Preview – RBs

Fresh off a loaded 2018 running back class, this year doesn’t boast as much top end talent or depth but still holds an assortment of interesting prospects. The group is defined by electrifying Stanford standout Bryce Love, who I graded just behind the comparably elite Saquon Barkley. Past Love, we see a stable of well-built backs with a combination of size + speed, peppered with a collection of quality scat-back profiles who could be effective third-down contributors. Not unlike this year’s quarterback class, the college season will reveal a lot about what order the runners will come off the board next spring.

1. Bryce Love, Stanford (5’10” 196lbs.)
• Springy pin-ball with track speed. Love’s junior campaign was eerily reminiscent of Chris Johnson’s 2k season in 2009, littered with long touchdown runs and dizzying elusiveness. He continued the Stanford tradition of finishing second in the Heisman voting but is an early favorite for the award this season. Had he entered the 2018 NFL Draft, Bryce Love could easily have been a top 25 selection.

2. Damien Harris, Alabama (5’11” 221lbs.)
• An explosive, efficient runner who’s amassed a staggering 2,037 yards over the past two seasons in just 281 carries (7.2yards per carry). Rough and tumble style that doesn’t wane over four quarters, he’s also deceptively good in the passing game.

3. Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky (5’11” 223lbs.)
•  Snell was a surprise Sophomore who improved as the 2017 season went on, despite defenses keying in on him as Kentucky’s best offensive threat. He boasts an ideal blend of size, speed and vision;and is adept in short-yardage situations. Receiving skills are totally untested entering 2018.

4.L.J. Scott, Michigan State (6’1″ 226lbs.)
• All-around back with a complete game who should translate quite comfortably to the NFL in 2019. Like fellow Sparty alum Le’Veon Bell, many believe L.J. Scott could benefit from trimming down slightly. Though he’s yet to have a 1,000-yard rushing season, Scott profiles as the draft’s premier three-down bell-cow.

5. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma (6’1″ 219lbs.)
• Two serious injuries (broken leg, 2015 / neck, 2016) derailed two seasons of his collegiate career, but if not for those concerns Rodney Anderson is comfortably a top three runner in this class entering 2018. Anderson bounced back with a tremendous RS-Sophomore campaign with an angry, downhill style. Also doubles as a terrific receiver.

Honorable Mention: Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic (5’9″ 200lbs.)
• Thickly built despite his diminutive frame, Singletary was one of college football’s most productive players over the past two seasons, particularly in 2017 – rushing for 32 touchdowns. If he can become a little more efficient with his carries in 2018 he’ll be well-prepared for the pro level, as there’s little left to prove for him in Boca Raton.

This is the final offensive position of our look at the 2019 NFL draft. The other positions can be found here: QB, WR, TE, OT, G/C