The Washington Redskins continue their methodical approach to roster building by adding two pieces Tuesday. 

Earlier today, the team added veteran Peyton Barber to an already crowded running back room. The fifth-year pro has spent his entire career playing for the Buccaneers. In Tampa, Barber was asked to play the bruiser role to compliment the fleet feet of Ronald Jones. And, at 5’11 and 225 lbs, this suited him.

In 2019, he was asked to be part of a committee, and ended the season with 470 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He also chipped in with 16 receptions, 116 yards and a score.

In 2018, Barber was the feature back of the team, starting 16 games, rushing for 871 yards and five touchdowns. He is known more as an early down back, and not part of the passing game, as indicated by his 20 receptions on the season. He totaled 92 yards on those catches.

The Auburn University product played two seasons for the Tigers, leaving after his sophomore year. During that 2015 season, he totaled 1017 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

He went undrafted that April, but was picked up by the Buccaneers on May 2nd.

The team also added Tight End Richard Rodgers.

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Rodgers was selected in the third round of the 2014 draft by the Green Bay Packers. He spent his first four seasons in Wisconsin, where he had an up-and-down career.

Merely a blip on the radar his rookie season, Rodgers became a staple of the Packers offense in 2015. He was targeted 85 times for 58 catches and 510 yards. That year he set his personal watermark for touchdowns with eight.

Coincidentally, one of those touchdowns was famous. He was the recipient of the “Miracle in Motown” in which Aaron Rodgers threw a Hail Mary on an untimed down to score.

Unfortunately, that may have been the highlight of his career as he has struggled to remain healthy. The former California Bear failed to make an impact on Green Bay’s roster the next two seasons.

He was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, and has played sparingly since. The last two years he has ended the year on injured reserve.

Both of these veterans seem like low-risk, medium-reward fliers to add to the roster. With the team lacking depth at Tight End, Rodgers makes sense. However, the Barber acquistion raised eyebrows.  The team already has Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, Bryce Love and JD McKissic on the roster.

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