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Johnson excited to start on Saturday against Ravens

Veteran running back Larry Johnson is scheduled to start Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.

"I've been pressing a little bit, but I'm trying to get it going because it's my turn now for Saturday, so I'm excited about that," Johnson said. "That's the rotation. That's the rotation Coach [Mike Shanahan] has in mind, so we're going to keep continuing on it to work to get better and perform on Saturday."

In an effort to fairly evaluate Clinton Portis, Johnson and Willie Parker, Shanahan wants each of the former 1,000 rushers to be featured at the start of games with the first-team offensive line. Portis started and had 22 yards in the 42-17 rout of the Buffalo Bills, and Johnson and Parker sat out by design.

By Jason Reid  |  August 15, 2010; 6:18 PM ET
Categories:  Larry Johnson , Running backs  
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Fast and Furious

Posted by: WRBD | August 15, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

My early impression regarding the offense

4 players on offense that the coaching staff will have to make hard decisions on

1. Malcolm Kelly

Hasn't practiced since the first day of training camp, but still an intriguing player to the coaching because of his size and hands versus the other WRs, If Kelly makes the team, it could mean the Skins keep 7 WRs instead of the 6 HC Shanahan has in mind, or it could put rookie Austin on the practice squad.

2. Keiland Willams

He offers the long speed the other RBs on the team don't have. He showed a good nose for the endzone. Probably has the most upside of the RBs, however, he's clearly the most raw in pass protection and has had injury concerns.

3. Darrel Young

Converted from LB to the FB position, so he's just learning the position. He had a monster game as a lead blocker. He needs to work on his responsibilities in the passing game. The team is old at that position and HC Shanahan likes a two back offense.

4. Will Robinson

By all accounts, he has had a good training camp. That fact didn't show in the game. Is Danger Will one of those players who shrink when the live bullets are flying. The Skins have very little depth and experience at that position with the rookie Capers and the inconsistent Heyer as the only other option on the team as backup LT.

Posted by: TWISI | August 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | August 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure our backup left tackle in would be Jamaal Brown.

Posted by: p1funk | August 15, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I am really anxious to see what Larry Johnson can do in this O. He could be the biggest off season acquisition after McNabb.

Baltimore should be the perfect test.

Posted by: edvar | August 15, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk | August 15, 2010 6:40 PM

I think you're right. At this point J Brown would be the best option if Williams goes down, but I'm thinking the coaching staff is hoping either Robinson or Capers can give the team some confidence that they don't have to go outside to fill that 8th or 9th OL position.

Posted by: TWISI | August 15, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Yikes had a power outage down here. Hope Jamal Brown can be a banger in the ilk of Chris Samuels. Hope Williams follows that path too. We either win or lose games on the line. Buffalo was a weak test. Let's crush the balmore pretenders.

Posted by: wireman65 | August 15, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

GO L.J.! I hope you run all over the Ravens!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 15, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

GO L.J.! I hope you run all over the Ravens!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Yikes had a power outage down here. Hope Jamal Brown can be a banger in the ilk of Chris Samuels. Hope Williams follows that path too. We either win or lose games on the line. Buffalo was a weak test. Let's crush the balmore pretenders.

Posted by: wireman65 | August 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure our backup left tackle in would be Jamaal Brown.

Posted by: p1funk | August 15, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse
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I wouldn't be surprised if Heyer or Will Robinson was the gameday LT backup, and then Brown switched over for practice and beyond. If I were the coach, I would be concerned that Brown would understandably be in over his head without any practice, and immediately making the switch would compromise both ends of your line.

No doubt Heyer/Robinson would be a liability on the left side, but I would rather 1 liability (who you can send a TE or RB to help out) rather than 2.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 15, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

kaasmaster, will you forgive Big Al if he does good this year?

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 15, 2010 1:43 PM

My potential forgiveness of Fat Albert will have nothing to do with his on field performance. It will be completely based on his attitude and commitment to the team and coaches. His play and comments after the game seem to be a step in the right direction. I was out of town last week so I haven't heard much about his attitude and participation during practices.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The other day there was some discussion about Grossman and him being a good backup. Have to disagree w/ Chia_Pet don't like Rex as a backup. Anyone can improve, but he showed a lack of fundamentals that was really bad. Love what they've done w/ the offensive line and the organiztion overall of course, but don't like DeAngelo Hall either.

Posted by: AWeiss3 | August 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Rex will RIULE as a backup, and as for "kaiju" contracter props in Brooklyn, "punk traitor"?? Your supewrslick op fools me not= I AM A PUNK ARTIST!!! I GOT GAMERA AND GARY PANTER IN MY BLOOD!!! YOUR WELL_FUNDED PSYOP AINT SH*T WEITHOUT SOUL!!! WHAT, YOU ANOTHER MEDIA-PROP, LIKE MARK JENKINS?? F*** YOUR SLIC K PSYOP!!TAKE A SW#ING AND TASTE MY PSYCHOTIC!!!

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyway, my bad, I saw that show on Unsseen New York, here have some "horror-vacu-eye"-

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/8/5/exclusiveemily_henochowicz_speaks_out_art_student

Posted by: frak | August 15, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Marc Columbo was carted off the practice field with a knee injury.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 15, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

@mattsoundworld

i'd rather have a rusty former pro bowl lt as my gameday #2 than heyer.

Posted by: zatoichi77 | August 15, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

i'd rather have a rusty former pro bowl lt as my gameday #2 than heyer.

Posted by: zatoichi77 | August 15, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse
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No thanks. I've seen my fill of our line with gimpy tackles on both sides of the line. I'd rather keep the right side intact and roll protection to DMacs behind side.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 15, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

It would make perfect sense to start an unknown at a position where we have a guy who made the pro bowl at LT playing RT... If your name is vinny.

Posted by: AnthonyMix | August 15, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

blinga dinga doink boink shimmie shimmie shake shake whoa ding whooooooooooo!

Posted by: billjohnson1 | August 15, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"Johnson excited to start on Saturday against Ravens"


He's better be ready to bang.

The ravens' front seven is built to shut down power backs like Johnson (or: like what Johnson used to be).

The 1st quarter of redskins v. ravens is must-see t.v..

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I wanna see Lindsay Lohan in a porno -- the kind where she ends up a gloppy mess. Oh, yes!!!

Posted by: billjohnson1 | August 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with vexed50..Shanny knows what he is doing. I think he knows what he is doing and he wants competition @ every position. Can't beat that mentality. Should be interesting to see who makes the 53 man roster. Who makes the cut?? Would like to here from skins fans now and especially after the 2nd pre season game. The only safe bets right now are orakpo, trent williams, mcnabb, rabach, dockery, fat albert, cooley, bidwell,moss, help me out with the rest

Posted by: davetoobs146 | August 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with vexed50..Shanny knows what he is doing. I think he knows what he is doing and he wants competition @ every position. Can't beat that mentality. Should be interesting to see who makes the 53 man roster. Who makes the cut?? Would like to here from skins fans now and especially after the 2nd pre season game. The only safe bets right now are orakpo, trent williams, mcnabb, rabach, dockery, fat albert, cooley, bidwell,moss, help me out with the rest

Posted by: davetoobs146 | August 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

It would make perfect sense to start an unknown at a position where we have a guy who made the pro bowl at LT playing RT... If your name is vinny.

Posted by: AnthonyMix | August 15, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse
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Who advocated STARTING Heyer > Brown at LT?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 15, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

he only safe bets right now are orakpo, trent williams, mcnabb, rabach, dockery, fat albert, cooley, bidwell,moss, help me out with the rest

Posted by: davetoobs146 | August 15, 2010 9:58 PM

Not sure about locks, but it's always good to find out which bubble guys are playing with the first string unit on special teams. To that point against the Bills...

Tryon - was on the first team punt return and coverage teams as well as the kickoff coverage team.

Henson - Kickoff return first team

Jackson - Kickoff coverage first team

One player to keep an eye on is Jarmon. He's in a number crunch at DE. HE played with the third team (could be because he was injured for the offseason), and he was at best on the second unit on any of the special team groups.

Posted by: TWISI | August 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

At first, I thought Heyer looked sort of OK the other night, then I saw the game again. He still sucks.

I really don't know why they brought him back for camp this year. I've heard a couple of people point out that he has 3 years NFL experience. So what? Sucking for 3 years does not buy much in my book. Should have cut him back in January.

We have got to get better depth at OT this year. I truly hope we are scouring the waiver wires between now and Sept to find something better than the poor quality he offers. I don't even want him as back up (because sometimes, back ups have to play...)

Posted by: edvar | August 15, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

We have got to get better depth at OT this year. I truly hope we are scouring the waiver wires between now and Sept to find something better than the poor quality he offers. I don't even want him as back up (because sometimes, back ups have to play...)

Posted by: edvar | August 15, 2010 10:24 PM |

Bruce Allen all but guaranteed on the Sport Reporters show that the he'll will be actively looking at waiver wire come the final cuts. I guess all GM do, but Allen , at least here, has shown he's not afraid to acquire new talent.

Posted by: TWISI | August 15, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

The Skins pretty much had to keep Heyer around because there was just TOO MUCH needed in order to fix the O-line. It just couldn't all be done in one year. Mike Williams' blood clots also helped to make it neccesary to keep Heyer around. I will be shocked if he still has a job next year. It would be nice if we can find someone in the other team's cast-offs to make him expendable this year.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Marc Columbo was carted off the practice field with a knee injury.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 15, 2010 8:52 PM |

They migh be better off without him. He's been getting owned in the preseason.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I didn't catch the Broncos/Bengals, but caught the highlights. I gotta say, Tebow looked impressive.

The guy is an athlete. I will say that. His pocket awareness isn't the best I've seen, but his instincts at avoiding the rush and finding space to throw are nice.

His intensity, especially on the last play of the game where he ran over a Bengals defender and left him laid out on the field on his way to a TD, reminded me a lot of Steve Young. A young Steve Young.

I mean, it's early, it's preseason, but Tebow doesn't look like the bust many predicted (I may have been in that group). Dude is a player. I could see him taking the starting job before the year is out.

We'll see. He definitely does not suck. Repeat, does not suck.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 16, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with your review of Tebow. He looked pretty good in there and made some strong throws. Granted, he was beating up the scrubs, but he still looked pretty good.

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Jacksonville coulda shoulda woulda.

If Tebow turns out even adequate, somebody in Jacksonville is getting fired.

Forgot to mention, he looked pretty accurate on the move, too. That will kill defenses every time, if you can be accurate on the run while being a threat to run.

See: Michael Vick (imagine he's consistently accurate, too)

Like I said, it's early... but I could see a Steve Young there.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 16, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

The Skins pretty much had to keep Heyer around because there was just TOO MUCH needed in order to fix the O-line. It just couldn't all be done in one year. Mike Williams' blood clots also helped to make it neccesary to keep Heyer around. I will be shocked if he still has a job next year. It would be nice if we can find someone in the other team's cast-offs to make him expendable this year.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 11:08 PM |

Sorry Dude, but you never "need" to keep a guy that sucks. Period. There has got to be better talent out there than Heyer. If you keep him around and somebody gets hurt, then he's the mook that goes in because you failed to upgrade, and soon the back up QB is playing cause Heyer missed another block.

They have got to move from him.

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen all but guaranteed on the Sport Reporters show that the he'll will be actively looking at waiver wire come the final cuts. I guess all GM do, but Allen , at least here, has shown he's not afraid to acquire new talent.

Posted by: TWISI

Bruce won't be alone if he's looking for OL help

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 16, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

The difference between Heyer and the other backups is experience. Look, they're all pretty bad. But Heyer sort of knows what he's doing, even if he's not good at it.

We can't fix the o-line in one year. That's why we still need Heyer.

Also, I think he'll still be on the team next year, too. Only further down the depth chart. He's a fantastic third-stringer. We need guys like him. We just don't need them as starters or backup left tackles.

Posted by: lordtwang | August 16, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

LJ should be excited for the B-more game...the way the other backs played on Friday night, he's gotta prove he's got a spot on this roster. Or at least a trade to one where he'll have a chance to play.

BTW, I just read that Marc Colombo is out for 2-4 weeks in Dall-ass...if he misses the season opener against the Skins, it'll be open season on Homo...believe that.

Speaking of which, glad we didn't get Flozell...watched some of his play against the Lions and dude was playing like a a matador and allowing some no-name pass rushers to look All-Pro. For a minute, I thought we traded Stephon Heyer to Pittsburgh...

Can't wait to see what we do against a REAL squad on Saturday night.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 16, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

I gotta say, Tebow looked impressive.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 16, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Agreed but so did Colt a couple years ago in his preseason against the scrubs. Granted, he hasn't had a chance to face NFL starters yet so the jury will be out until then (same with Colt IMHO). Just saying, a little too early to be too impressed.

I actually thought his release was in slow motion, kind of like our last starting QB. Not a good thing to have in this league.

Posted by: HTTR | August 16, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

From everything I heard, Tebow reverted back to his old release on a couple of occasions. At best, dude still has A LOT of work to do to get his game NFL-ready.

Sage looked really good for the Vikes this weekend. With Favre still vacillating and Tarvaris not looks so good, no chance they get rid of him now.

And if Rexy can stay as Sexy as he was Friday night, I don't care anymore.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 16, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

I didn't catch the Broncos/Bengals, but caught the highlights. I gotta say, Tebow looked impressive.

The guy is an athlete. I will say that. His pocket awareness isn't the best I've seen, but his instincts at avoiding the rush and finding space to throw are nice.

His intensity, especially on the last play of the game where he ran over a Bengals defender and left him laid out on the field on his way to a TD, reminded me a lot of Steve Young. A young Steve Young.

I mean, it's early, it's preseason, but Tebow doesn't look like the bust many predicted (I may have been in that group). Dude is a player. I could see him taking the starting job before the year is out.

We'll see. He definitely does not suck. Repeat, does not suck.

Posted by: Thinker_

His motion is still way too long and slow. He is not accurate. He may become a decent backup but he is a long shot to be a good starter. The Bengals 3rd string defense dropped at least 2 sure INTs. Because of his slow delivery he took a big time hit. If he does not speed up his deliver and pocket awareness he will be lucky to make it through the pre season.

He may take over the #2 spot but if he is the starter McDaniels will probably be looking for a new job next year. Tebow is a project and is still not worth a #1 pick.

Posted by: srobert1117 | August 16, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Thinker
His intensity, especially on the last play of the game where he ran over a Bengals defender and left him laid out on the field on his way to a TD, reminded me a lot of Steve Young. A young Steve Young.
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If he tries that in the regular season vs. NFL starters........they will be carrying him off of the field.
Steve Young....really? C'mon.

Posted by: RealConservative | August 16, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Gotta say a lot of things looked good with this team but at the same time a lot of things looked bad as well. Trent Williams more than held his own and the o-line played well even without Jamal Brown in the mix yet. The kicker was great on those long kickoffs and looks like we finally got a game changing punt returner. The defense shut down Buffalo (wow) but the lb's with the exception of London all looked terrible. I didn't see Orakpo's explosiveness and Carter was just awful. I've been hearing throughout camp that Carriker has been a man amongst boys but did he even get into the game? Haynesworth looked really good and would look even better next to Kemo-eat-u and Carriker. DT made a nice comeback after blowing a td reception and some other receivers made plays. R Torrain or K Williams easily knock Willie Parker into free agency. Everybody is saying that Buffalo isn't that good which is true but the thing is that last year we were a worse team than them and it appears the we are well ahead of them on our way back up. That's a good thing. GO SKINZ!!

Posted by: MaxnDC | August 16, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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