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Camp Storylines: No. 3 Backfield logjam

With Redskins training camp opening Thursday afternoon, this week on Redskins Insider we'll count down the most pressing issues the team faces as players prepare to report.

Which Pro Bowl runner on the Redskins' roster -- Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson or Willie Parker -- will emerge as the team's top back?

A concussion cut short Portis's ineffective 2009 season. He was in poor condition from the outset, many of his teammates said. Coach Mike Shanahan approved the signings of Johnson and Parker this offseason, in part, to provide the first actual competition Portis has faced since Shanahan traded him from Denver to Washington before the 2004 season.

Many in the NFL considered Johnson the league's top power back during the 2005-06 seasons, but Johnson's career has been derailed by off-the-field issues and legal problems. After three consecutive seasons of at least 1,200 yards with Pittsburgh, Parker was slowed by injuries the past two seasons and moved on in the hope of prolonging his career.

The team also has extended a contract offer to former Philadelphia Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook.

Prediction: Portis holds off the challengers and has a productive season. Portis trimmed down to about 217 pounds after playing at more than 230 pounds last season, sources said. The eight-year veteran is determined to show he's still capable of rushing for 1,500 yards. Johnson showed enough during the offseason program to likely earn a spot alongside him which would leave Parker as the odd man out.

By Jason Reid  |  July 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Larry Johnson , Willie Parker  
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Comments

I'll believe it when I see it. Sorry, Clinton.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Put me on record:

Portis will get over 1,000 yards in his final season in D.C. Unfortunately, the vast majority of his yardage will come in the first half of the season, not unlike the 2008 season. Count on Ryan Torain picking up the slack in the 2nd half of the year.

The RB depth chart will look like this:

Portis
Westbrook
Torain

LJ won't be cut...he'll be part of a trade with SD for Vincent Jackson.

You heard it here first.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 28, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

We should trade LJ for Marcus Mason.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

We should trade LJ for Marcus Mason.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

To err is human, forgiveness is divine. To those that are ready to dehumanize Haynesworth, think twice; may whomever never done anything wrong in life cast the first stone, I'll be here to throw the stone right back at you, you have been warned. Let the craziness begin tomorrow, can't wait to welcome Haynesworth back into the fold. Dead or alive, Haynesworth will be a Skins this year!

Posted by: abxinc | July 28, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

We should trade LJ for Marcus Mason.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

We should trade LJ for Marcus Mason.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I only hit Submit once, I swear!

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

abxinc, nobody here is dehumanizing Haynesworth...we just want him to be "human" in another uniform...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 28, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Stu, can we stop putting VJ in Brandon Marshall's category? I mean, really...compare their numbers and get back to me with what exactly makes you think VJ is even in Marshall's league...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 28, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse


Uhhhh. Yeah they are very comparable. 25 td in 61 games compared to VJs 25 tds in 71 games. 600 more yards for B Marshall but VJ has a much higher avg per catch, VJ 17.2 to BM 12.3. Marshall has more fumbles 3to 1.
So honestly I dont really get what your saying it it because BM has 600 more yards on 127 more catches?
Or is it that you just have no fing clue how to even look at these stats and have no fing clue what your talking about.

And oh what makes me think he is in the same league is he is one of the elite deep threat players in the league right now, the exact same role that would be of great use to us right now.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 28, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Completely off topic here, but Joe Buck is on ESPN First Take talking baseball...dude just HAS to be gay...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

LJ won't be cut...he'll be part of a trade with SD for Vincent Jackson.

You heard it here first.


Posted by: brownwood26

LJ included in a VinceJax trade?

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... LMBAO!

You all kill me with these trud-flung-at-the-wall-to-see-if-it'll-stick predictions. You channeling your innder 4thFloor now, brown?

Posted by: RedDMV | July 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Obviously, Haslett was among many at Redskins Park displeased about Haynesworth's decision to stay away from Ashburn for all but one day of Coach Mike Shanahan's first offseason program, and publicly request a trade after receiving a $21 million check from the team.

Haslett, who has complete control of the defense, was willing to accommodate Haynesworth to a certain extent, team sources said. He planned for Haynesworth to line up primarily at defensive end, on the guard's outside shoulder, the position Haynesworth has played since college.

But Shanahan, still angry over Haynesworth's defiance, often has emphasized that Haynesworth will be Washington's "starting nose tackle," a position Haynesworth is not interested in playing.
"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072705748.html?sub=AR

So, basically, AH will be the starting DE and will play NT occasionally.....Doesn't sound that different than what he used to do.

AH = 2010 AP 1st Teamer

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 28, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I'd be more interested in a trade for Logan Mankins.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 28, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Completely off topic here, but Joe Buck is on ESPN First Take talking baseball...dude just HAS to be gay...

Posted by: brownwood26


Does he still have that stupid HBO show that comes on like 3 times a year?

Posted by: Predator48 | July 28, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What isn't discussed here is how much of a factor the running game will be.

We've got disparate styles in the HC vs. the QB... It's going to be interesting to see how it plays out - but some insight would be nice.

cL (tyvm,btw) - I missed your response yestidday - when you're predicting MK not being on the squad was that the NT or the WR?

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 28, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

AH = 2010 AP 1st Teamer

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 28, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm with that.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 28, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Chris Samuels slimmed down and came into training camp last year "in the best shape of his life" and we all know how that story ended.

Expect a similar fate for Clinton Portis this year and we can only hope that he has the forsight that Samuels did to hang it up after the season was over.

Posted by: CapsNut | July 28, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

abxinc, nobody here is dehumanizing Haynesworth...we just want him to be "human" in another uniform...

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 28, 2010 10:21 AM

To level with you brownwood, like I said, dead or alive Haynesworth will be a Skins this year. Think about that for a while.

Posted by: abxinc | July 28, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Chris Samuels slimmed down and came into training camp last year "in the best shape of his life" and we all know how that story ended.

Expect a similar fate for Clinton Portis this year and we can only hope that he has the forsight that Samuels did to hang it up after the season was over.

Posted by: CapsNut | July 28, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Chris Samuels also has a serious spine disease.

Posted by: iH8dallas | July 28, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think you have to expect CPo to get hurt at some point. Hopefully they manage it properly, though.

They totally mis-used him the last one & a half seasons.

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 28, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Dik: WR

Posted by: chrislarry | July 28, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

"A concussion cut short Portis's ineffective 2009 season. He was in poor condition from the outset, many of his teammates said."

These things don't coralate. WTF? Crazy how some get hated on no matter what....

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 28, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Chris Samuels slimmed down and came into training camp last year "in the best shape of his life" and we all know how that story ended.

Expect a similar fate for Clinton Portis this year and we can only hope that he has the forsight that Samuels did to hang it up after the season was over.

Posted by: CapsNut

This sh*t cracks me the hell up.

So because two players lost a few pounds and gets into shape (in different seasons) there is a chance that they'll meet the same fate?


Holy fugglenuts, who knew?!?!?!?!?!


Guess I better not cross 18th street for lunch today since that one guy got flattened by that cement truck last year.

Posted by: RedDMV | July 28, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Guess I better not cross 18th street for lunch today since that one guy got flattened by that cement truck last year.

Posted by: RedDMV | July 28, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse


As long as you haven't slimmed down recently and you're not in the best shape of your life you should be fine.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I'll believe it when I see it. Sorry, Clinton.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:02 AM

I think dude really cares about his legacy and place in Football History....

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 28, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth arrives in D.C., plans meeting with Shanahan
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 28, 2010 10:21 AM ET

After an offseason of drama, Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is apparently in town and ready to report to training camp with the rest of his teammates on Thursday.

Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that Haynesworth has arrived, is ready to work and is optimistic after good conversations with teammates.

Up next for Haynesworth, he hopes, is a good conversation with coach Mike Shanahan, who said recently that the team would move on without Haynesworth if Haynesworth wouldn't buy into the system.

Chris Russell of ESPN Radio reports that Haynesworth will reach out to Shanahan today in an attempt to clear the air before training camp starts. According to Russell, Haynesworth is in good shape and has lost at least 40 pounds.

Which only a cynic would interpret as an attempt to get down to the size of a 3-4 defensive end, and not a nose tackle.

Posted by: TWISI | July 28, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Put me on record:

Portis will get over 1,000 yards in his final season in D.C. Unfortunately, the vast majority of his yardage will come in the first half of the season, not unlike the 2008 season. Count on Ryan Torain picking up the slack in the 2nd half of the year.

The RB depth chart will look like this:

Portis
Westbrook
Torain

LJ won't be cut...he'll be part of a trade with SD for Vincent Jackson.

You heard it here first.


Posted by: brownwood26 | July 28, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Ew.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 28, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

JReidPost
.Redskins sources: Albert Haynesworth back in town and optimistic after several good conversations with teammates. He's ready to work.
about 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 28, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I think dude really cares about his legacy and place in Football History....

Posted by: 4thFloor | July 28, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse


I do too but I also think that he's a 29 year old RB with well over 2000 carries.

I hope he proves me wrong.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 28, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

red, get lunch delivered....might be safer....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | July 28, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | July 28, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

We def need to draft a RB next year. Plenty of quality backs for next years draft. It would be great to see what a small back like Jacquizz Rogers or Noel Devine could do in his zone scheme.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 28, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Dik: WR

Posted by: chrislarry | July 28, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Red, I didn't say LJ would be the principle in the trade...think of him as more of the little garnish on the side.

Stu, I'm not saying VJ isn't good, all I'm saying is that a guy with the fraction of the production (both for his career and over the last 3 in particular) of Brandon Marshall shouldn't be put in his league just because they have similar body types and skill sets. TD totals aren't enough to put a guy in the elite category. I mean, Darnerian McCants had 6 TDs in 2003, putting him ahead of Andre Johnson, Isaac Bruce, Plaxico Burress and Keyshawn Johnson. I'm pretty sure nobody's putting him in their league.

I know that's an extreme example, but I just think it's nuts to say VJ is as good as Marshall...especially when one could make the case that Marshall has better targets around him (overall) and a worse QB throwing to him.

Posted by: brownwood26 | July 28, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Dude give it up, you said he is not even in Marshalls league. I give you evidence to the contrary and your still blowing smoke out your @ss.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 28, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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