ASHBURN -- Ron Rivera spoke the words that the NFL fantasy world hates to hear: The Washington Football Team will go "running back by committee."
For observers during training camp and at practice the last few weeks, it's become clear that Washington will use a number of different formations and players in the run game. That will include rookie Antonio Gibson and veteran pass-catching back J.D. McKissic but also Bryce Love and Peyton Barber.
In some ways, it became easier for Rivera to declare a committee approach at running back after the release of future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson. The team cut Peterson last week in a surprise move, but as Scott Turner looks to implement his offense a commitment to carries for Peterson probably got harder and harder.
Peterson made clear he did not want a marginalized role, and with the emergence of Gibson and the unique skillset of McKissic, there might not be a significant amount of carries for Peterson.
Going forward, Gibson and McKissic look like they will have the biggest roles in the Washington backfield. It would be premature to count out Love or even Barber too.
It's a committee. Rivera's telling the truth. Perhaps that changes in the second half of the year, but for Week 1, all the backs will eat.