Ganther has a big day in Raider territory

The Washington Redskins turned to their fourth starting running back of the season Sunday, and Quinton Ganther proved to be more than sufficient -- at least against the league's 30th-ranked rush defense.

Ganther finished Sunday's game with 50 rushing yards on 14 carries and 43 more receiving on three catches. His pair of 1-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter gave the Redskins' breathing room and provided him with a couple of nice souvenirs. The scores marked the first two touchdowns of his career and the game marked a homecoming of sorts for him. Born in Oakland and raised in nearby Richmond, Calif., a Bay area suburb, Ganther's first career start came in front of family and friends.

"My family are Raiders fans. They're all Raiders fans, but they're Quinton fans first," Ganther said. "Coming from this area, coming from Richmond, you guys know how it is. It's a blessing just to be able to make it out of that situation."

His family and friends saw one nifty run in the opening quarter, when Ganther took a screen pass from quarterback Jason Campbell, slipped a couple of tackles and turned it into a 42-yard gain. Four plays later, the Redskins scored their first touchdown of the day. With the team's top two running backs, Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts, finishing their seasons on the injured reserve list, Ganther knows these next few weeks will serve as important audition. He had only 28 career carries before Sunday, which means the final weeks of the season will allow front offices across the league to see what he can do.

"Opportunities in this league are so hard to come by," Ganther said. "And when they do come, you have to be ready."

By Rick Maese  |  December 13, 2009; 10:26 PM ET
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1st to say THE CORK is an idiot, but not the only that agrees

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 13, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I believe Q played well today. I say start him the rest of the way and see if can play his way on to the roster for 2010.

He doesn't look to be a #1 option but could fit in well with the addition of a Spiller, Best, Dwyer, etc.

He definitely has some burst, some elusiveness, and can break a tackle but doesn’t possess the top end speed to be "the guy".

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 13, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse


JC got slammed and made some good throws, scrambled well. What if he plays this well through the final games? Why is it a foregone conclusion he won't be here next year.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 13, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Considering the options in FA, Draft, or current roster,? .. U have a point!

If periculum were here 2nite, I'm sure he'd answer your question.

I'd tell ya, if dem guys there, Danny and Vin let him get away w/o at least a 2nd--but really a 1st--round compensatory pick, then that is just stupid!

We gave up a few picks to get him and he's not a bust yet, due to the fact that he has improved every year he's been in the league. Keep him! Keep Zorn! I just wanna keep the same system for more than 2 years. He11, they even brought Al Saunders in on Joe Gibbs 2.0.

We bring in some O-linemen via draft. Find some defensive depth in Free Agency. Find a future running back in the draft.

Sit back with a 'Guinness' and watch continuity for a 'Change'


Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | December 13, 2009 6:49 PM

Thanx for letting me borrow that:



Posted by: Vicc | December 13, 2009 10:40 PM

Posted by: Vicc | December 13, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

In a rush to hit submit....but not the only one that agrees.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 13, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

dude looks better prepared and definitely in better shape than #26...not sure we can anoint him starting back for '10 but he looks like an upgrade over what we started '09 with.

I was a big Portis fan but like all football players his time has come and gone - at this point in his career, he is just mailing it in (for 7 million/year)

Posted by: marksmen | December 13, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: chrislarry | December 13, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

It is certainly refreshing to see a back hit the hole with some authority. I was a huge Portis fan in Denver and when he arrived here, but his dancing before hitting his opening grew tiresome. Whether Ganther stays or goes, I enjoyed his energy and heart today. At 4-9, this win still feels good.

Posted by: rich20ssu | December 13, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely despise DeSean Jackson. I hope the Midgets can pull this one over the Feebles. I despise the Midgets the least in the East Division.



Posted by: chrislarry | December 13, 2009 10:57 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 13, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Players like C. Johnson and D. Jackson force you to look at a players production and not their size.

These guys can take it to the house every time they touch the ball and this type of speed is what we lack in the skill positions.

These players will be available in the following rounds. It would be nice to have one.
Spiller Clemson 1st
Best Cal 2nd
McCluster Ole Miss 4th
Jacoby Ford Clemson 5th
Brandon James Fla 5th-7th

One of these guy would be the solution to our return problems and give us a weapon we don't currently have on the roster.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 13, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

McCluster might turn out to be the best of the bunch. He hasn't even scratched the surface of his potential.

Posted by: rich20ssu | December 13, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

McCluster might turn out to be the best of the bunch. He hasn't even scratched the surface of his potential.

Posted by: rich20ssu | December 13, 2009 11:08 PM

If they all decide to run you could see all of them posting sub 4.3 forty times.

We desperately need someone that can flip the field. 10-15 play drives are nice but I'd like to mix in some returns and 1-5 play drives as well.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 13, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is El still returning punts!!!

Posted by: job22 | December 14, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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