Washington waives Bryce Love, a fourth-rounder who never logged a snap

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Bryce Love's time with WFT, which never really began, is over originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As the NFL world reacted to ex-Washington quarterback Alex Smith's retirement, the Burgundy and Gold made a small, yet still notable, transaction involving an intriguing former draft pick who simply never panned out. 

On Monday afternoon, the organization announced that it was waiving Bryce Love, a fourth-round selection from 2019. Love tore his ACL on what would prove to be the final play of his college career at Stanford, and setbacks from that injury have prevented his pro career from getting on track.

Unfortunately, the 23-year-old will leave Washington without a single, meaningful snap on his résumé. 

 

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Last training camp, coach Ron Rivera was bullish on what he was seeing from Love in some of the early practices, telling reporters how he believed Love could be an "every-down back" thanks to his "multi-dimensional" skills.

Those remarks delighted Washington fans, who were all very excited at the thought of the Stanford star emerging as a Day 3 steal for the franchise. 

Yet Love's knee started to bother him and swell up once the regular season began due to his activity level in practice, causing Rivera to place him on injured reserve in October. And despite the initial belief that Love would eventually return from the setback, he was never activated off of I.R. 

He also spent his entire rookie campaign on the sidelines as he worked to recover from the ACL tear from his time at Stanford. 

With Love out of the picture, it's quite possible Antonio Gibson, JD McKissic and Peyton Barber gain a new teammate at their position when the draft takes place later this month. All three of those running backs have their defined roles, but finding a fourth who has exceptional long speed and/or who could contribute on special teams would be a smart move by the front office.