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Alridge, Dorsey Try to Hold On

Running backs Anthony Alridge and Dominique Dorsey are competing to make the Redskins' season-opening 53-man roster as special teams players.

But coaches also are interested in having a change-of-pace speed back to complement top back Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts, and Alridge and Dorsey have home-run potential, coaches said. But in order for either to earn a roster spot, he must hold on to the ball, and Alridge and Dorsey have had problems in that area during camp.

Alridge, who did not practice Sunday morning and was in the trainers' room receiving treatment for what Jim Zorn said was a sprained toe, has been particularly careless with the rock, fumbling several times during an afternoon practice last week. He also fumbled in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, which disappointed Zorn.

As productive as Portis and Betts have been, they are not considered home-run threats. Zorn is eager to add a back with big-play potential in an effort to diversify the offense. As difficult as it was for the Skins to score last season, I'm sure the thought of a few one- and two-play drives would be comforting for quarterback Jason Campbell.

Alridge and Dorsey have a lot working against them in their efforts to stick with the Skins. For Alridge, the sprained toe further complicates the issue, with Zorn saying his status is uncertain for Thursday's preseason opener in Baltimore, They must perform well enough on teams to force the issue with coaches, which probably would require one of them to unseat Antwaan Randle El as the primary punt returner.

And they must prove they are competent enough in pass protection to pick up the blitz on third down. Most of all, however, Alridge and Dorsey must hold on to the ball.

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Zorn, after practice, said that Jeremy Bridges (ankle sprain) and Kevin Barnes (hyperextended knee) are uncertain for Thursday's game.

By Jason Reid  |  August 9, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Comments

First!?

Posted by: skipper7 | August 9, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The battle of alliteration. Their tenure tenuously tied to the terrible Turk.

Posted by: KingME1 | August 9, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

oh the o-line :-( [6-10]

Posted by: sjw1 | August 9, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Nice idea having a scatback, but I don't see either of these guys uprooting Cartwright from the roster. I suspect the team will enter the season with the same running backs they had last year with no changes. This means Marcus Mason,Dorsey and Aldridge get the axe. I think Aldridge and Dorsey might be eligible for the developmental roster, but I also think Mason has used up all of his developmental roster eligibility. Hind sight being 20-20, I think the team would have been better off searching for a speedster who can occupy dual roles such as receiver and running back.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 9, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Iggles having injury issues. I see the TE they drafted out for the year too. and Jackson hyper-extended his knee too.

Just popped in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly DVD (got a great Eastwood 4-pack of spaghetti westerns).

Dad and I never missed one of these when they came out back in the day.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 9, 2009 10:49 AM

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 9, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

How can ARE still be returning punts? How about D. Hall? ARE is best when fair catching.

Posted by: 3rings | August 9, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

redskinhead

'...I don't see either of these guys uprooting Cartwright from the roster...no changes...'

How is it that Cartwright--a kick returner, mind you--isn't used as a 'scatback' or change of pace back?

Thing is, the redskins don't know what kind of offense they want.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 9, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

noonefromtampa

Eastwood?

'Unforgiven' is good.

'Gran Torino' and 'Million Dollar Baby' are okay up until their sappy endings.

I don't know the 'spaghetti westerns'.

The 'Dirty Harry' flicks are tight, though.

"Do you feel lucky?"

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 9, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Nice idea having a scatback, but I don't see either of these guys uprooting Cartwright from the roster. I suspect the team will enter the season with the same running backs they had last year with no changes. This means Marcus Mason,Dorsey and Aldridge get the axe. I think Aldridge and Dorsey might be eligible for the developmental roster, but I also think Mason has used up all of his developmental roster eligibility. Hind sight being 20-20, I think the team would have been better off searching for a speedster who can occupy dual roles such as receiver and running back.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 9, 2009 10:54 AM

"Paging Mr. Vick." "Mr. Vick white courtesy phone." When talking about this guy, everybody talks about QB, what about just signing him as an "athlete"? Campbell would be happy, we'd have some serious speed on the field...I'm just sayin'

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 9, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

So, Reid, you think the Redskins lied about the attendance figures. Their announced 29K seems less than last year's announced 28K. And you know this because you are absolutely certain that last year their announced 28K was not a lie? Come on man and how do you know that. Report Redskins news and not what you think is a Redskin lie. Come on, who cares?

Posted by: getitritegov | August 9, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Paging Mr. Vick." "Mr. Vick white courtesy phone." When talking about this guy, everybody talks about QB, what about just signing him as an "athlete"? Campbell would be happy, we'd have some serious speed on the field...I'm just sayin'

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 9, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse
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The idea that Vick be anything but a QB is absurd. The guy is almost 30, to ask him to learn a completely new position dosent make sense and is just desperate. Yes he's an athlete but who in the NFL isnt (besides Ethan Albright)?

Vick as a WR: We have no idea if the guy can even catch, sure he has a leg up on the route running because of his familiarity from playing QB but reading a route and running them are 2 completely different things. Can he take a hit from a slant across the middle? Its the staple of any passing game and playing QB he hasnt taken a hit like that, ever.

Vick as RB: Again I would question his durability, a scrambling QB dosent take the pounding of an every down RB or even a change of pace back. If you watch how he ran as a QB he didnt secure the ball, it was always held with one hand away from his body. Vick would never have rushed for 1,000 yards as a RB, 99% of his yards came from bootlegs or broken plays, teams always had to respect the pass.

Yes, Vick is (or was) an amazing athlete and is still (hopefully) going to impact the game but its pretty hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I believe he is still better than half the starting QBs and should get another shot at being a franchise QB. Just not with the Skins.

Posted by: murphyz | August 9, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

How is it that Cartwright--a kick returner, mind you--isn't used as a 'scatback' or change of pace back?

Thing is, the redskins don't know what kind of offense they want.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 9, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse
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Rock isnt a change in pace from CP or Betts, he has the exact same running style as both of them except he's a hell of a lot tougher than the pansy ass Betts. Rock busts his ass for every yard he gets, his success' on kick returns are because he is a disciplined runner and never trys to run around his wedge. Now, with the rule change on the wedge Im not so sure Rock is going to do as well as he has, teams are going to need more speed from their returners and speed isnt Rock's strong point. One of the midgets we picked up is going to have to step up or I feel we are going to be seeing Tana' or Hall back there and that wouldnt be good for anyone.

Posted by: murphyz | August 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who fumbles that much isn't worth the time, cut him.

Posted by: Redskinrex | August 9, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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