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Willie Parker listed No. 4 on depth chart

When the Redskins' opened camp, one of the biggest questions surrounding the team was how coaches might juggle the three veteran running backs. That's apparently not as pressing of a concern now, as Willie Parker is no longer listed among the team's top three backs.

Parker appears slated to enter the team's first preseason game as the Redskins' No. 4 running back, behind Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Ryan Torain.

While Coach Mike Shanahan has been reluctant to discuss the team's depth chart and downplayed its important this early in camp, the team posted a depth chart on its Web site Monday afternoon, the same chart that hangs in the team's locker room.

There were other notable listings on the depth chart:

Third-year wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly are both listed as third on the depth chart at their respective positions. Thomas is behind Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams, while Kelly sits behind Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong.

Albert Haynesworth is listed as the second-team nose tackle behind Maake Kemoeatu. Adam Carriker and Kedric Golston are the two starting defensive ends.

Outside linebacker Andre Carter is listed as the starter ahead of Lorenzo Alexander, though the two have been splitting reps with the first team during training camp.

Phillip Buchanon is listed as the starting punt returner, while Thomas is the starting kick returner. Justin Tryon is listed as fourth on the depth chart at cornerback, behind DeAngelo Hall, Kevin Barnes and Ramzee Robinson

But Parker's mild slide is the most noteworthy because it happened so soon in camp.

While Parker himself has said the backfield is a bit crowded -- "It's only one ball," he said last week, "so therefore, you know [there] probably can't be enough room for all of us" -- it appears that Portis and Johnson could be turning the team's running game into a tandem rather than a trio.

Asked about Parker's performance thus far, Shanahan didn't specific in definitive terms following Monday's practice, though he did seem to downplay the significance of the depth cart.

"I think I've said it since Day 1, I've got five running backs that I believe can help us win in the National Football League," he said. "We're going to take all of training camp and the preseason games to evaluate these players to see how they play and see how they practice. We've only been a little over a week into our camp. We've got a number of days left, not only in our camp but to evaluate these guys in preseason games.

"Then when we get to our 53, we'll decide who's first, second third, who'll be there in passing situations. It's just part of the process," he continued. "For somebody to tell you now that they've got a real good idea, I don't think it'd be fair."

By Rick Maese and Paul Tenorio  |  August 9, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Larry Johnson , Running backs , Willie Parker  
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Comments

hysterical wear yourself out fool

Posted by: shanahanman | August 9, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

First

Posted by: SkinsFanCT7 | August 9, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Willie Burn Out Semi-Fast First to Last Parker

Posted by: thepinched | August 9, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Every single training camp practice is open to the press, is it not?

I don't read all the Redskin "insider" sections. But I do manage to at least look at the headlines.

I have NO IDEA why Thomas and Kelly are third at their respective positions. Are they missing balls? Are they running the wrong route, failing to beat corners... what?

Kevin Barnes has moved up in front of press favorite Tryon. How did that happen?

What the hell have you been doing while you were supposed to be watching practice, Reid?

Posted by: dpc2003 | August 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

who the heck is Anthony Armstrong?
I thought the Terrance Austin kid was the new hotness at WR.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please fix the broken link on this page to the ESPN NFC East Blog? The link has been broken for some time. I know the blog is operated by a Cowboys sycophant, but there are occasionally nuggets about other teams, and it would be nice to have the link back in business.

Posted by: jaypem | August 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The running back depth chart should be no surprise, many people have been spot on with this same assessment since the start of camp, my question, where the F is D-MO???

Posted by: Stu27 | August 9, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

how about carlos rogers

Posted by: jdwood84 | August 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Stu, was wondering the same thing. I have read some good things on him, but was surprised to not see him on the depth chart.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 9, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Car-lost Rogers is the opposite starting corner.

Posted by: Rypien11 | August 9, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

A few thing

1. I don't see Dennis Morris nor Brandon Banks listed

2. Justin Tryon running 4th is a surprise given that Ramzee Robinson was just picked up. Tryon isn't even listed as a returner..what happened?

3. The Skins need veteran depth on the right side of the Oline,

Posted by: TWISI | August 9, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Who is Ramzee Robinson?

Posted by: skinfanman | August 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

http://www.redskins.com/gen/team/depthChart.jsp

Capers is listed as 3rd team LEFT tackle.

DeMo is not listed AT ALL.

I hope coach is right and this doesn't mean much.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

CR22 is listed as starting CB

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 9, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"Third-year wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly are both listed as third on the depth chart at their respective positions. Thomas is behind Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams, while Kelly sits behind Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong."

Ouch. Looks like we'll have to be a running team this year.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 9, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

DeMo is not listed AT ALL

Does the depth chart list backup fullbacks 'cause thats where he will make the team if he's not put on the practice squad.

I like D-mo, but I think his best chance to stick is to be a special teams guy first.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 9, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Time out. Did you just call me a Dallas fan?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 9, 2010 1:25 PM |

Sorry Matt - my bad. I should have paid more attention to the context of your post.

I know that being called a Dallas Cowgirl fan is akin to referring to someone's mother as a combat-boot-wearing, peter-puffing, $2 hooker.

Please forgive me.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 9, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope so as well. Capers has only played oline for 3 years TOTAL being a TE before that all of his time at RT. Im prob the biggest Capers fan on this board but I would dread seeing him protecting Dmacs blindside, hopefully the coaches have a plan, you rarely go this far into the depth charts but weve seen from last year worst case scenarios can arise.. The oline depth still needs a lot of tweaking.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 9, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Tryon isn't just listed as the 4th corner; he's listed as part of a 4th team corner tandem, which means he's actually the 7th corner on the depth chart.

Same idea with Thomas and Kelly (i.e. they're 5th and 6th on the depth chart).

It looks like they value physical corners (Rogers and Barnes) much more so than finesse corners. This shouldn't be too surprising, as it very much reflects a Pittsburgh-style defense.

I love that Torain has already vaulted Parker on the depth chart. It looks like this group of RBs may be the strength of the offense this season.

Posted by: psps23 | August 9, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Where's Ricky Sanders?

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | August 9, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

With Thomas listed as the #1 kickoff returner it seems they have a plan for him in the future. Not that this is news but MK will have to really impress during preseason games to make the team, if he can play in the preseason. Also a bit surprised by Shay Hodge being listed that high, Wade and Furrey arent even listed. Im interested in seeing Shay in the preseason now mare then i was.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 9, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

DeMo is not listed AT ALL

Does the depth chart list backup fullbacks 'cause thats where he will make the team if he's not put on the practice squad.

I like D-mo, but I think his best chance to stick is to be a special teams guy first.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 9, 2010 1:39 PM

Unfortunately, yes. They just have Sellers and Young listed.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 9, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Not suprised to see Malcolm Kelly as a third stringer on the depth chart, but a little surprised to see Devin Thomas on there. I haven't seen a second of practice, but I thought he would at least make it to the second string team, compared to what else we have in that position.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | August 9, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

8-8

Posted by: DCFanatic | August 9, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Dmo is not listed but banks is the 3rd team punt returner.

http://www.redskins.com/gen/team/depthChart.jsp

Posted by: Bigskin301 | August 9, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we're really in trouble at the WR position. Guess we'll see a lot of 2 TE sets and short passes to CC and Freddy Delight. Why can't Thomas and Kelly step up?

Posted by: allknowingguy | August 9, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

In other words, the redskins made a mistake in signing Parker and are trying to cover up for it. Hahaha.. Redskins stink. Can't wait till Sept. 12th, we are going to crush ya'll!

Posted by: cowboy4life | August 9, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Go Anthony Armstrong!

Rootin' for you!!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

What's going on with Carlos Rodgers?

Posted by: pan2341 | August 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

What's going on with Carlos Rodgers?

Posted by: pan2341 | August 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Who is Carlos Rodgers? Carlos Rogers is the starting cornerback for the Redskins and currently atop the depth chart on the Redskins official website.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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