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Willie Parker already is battling Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis for position

When running back Willie Parker entered the NFL in 2004, the Pittsburgh Steelers' backfield included Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. What Parker described as a "no-win" situation later resulted in Parker emerging as 1,000-yard rusher in his second season and as a Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2007.

Parker drew from this experience when deciding to sign with the Redskins during the offseason. He will need to compete with former Pro Bowlers Larry Johnson and Clinton Portis for playing time.

"I look at the other guys, tied in their history along with mine, and made the best decision and chose to be a Redskin," said Parker, who met with reporters at Sunday's minicamp for the first time since signing with the Redskins as a free agent.

Of the three running backs, Parker has the fewest career carries with 1,253. His 4.3 yards per carry is the lowest average among the running backs, with Portis averaging 4.5 yards per carry in his career and Johnson averaging 4.4 yards over his career.

Both Portis and Johnson reached a pair of Pro Bowls, although Portis is the only player in the trio with experience in Mike Shanahan's offense. Parker said the playbook is "easy to catch on", and he anticipates quickly learning the schemes.

The pursuit for the starting job will be among the most competitive training camp battles, and it has already started with the season five months away.

"Me, L.J. and C.P., we definitely out here battling and it's just minicamp," Parker said. "The second minicamp [May 7-9], I expect to take it a little higher and the third minicamp [the mandatory one June 16-18] take it a little higher, and training camp, just going out to get it. It's definitely a competition that's setting a high standard right now."

By Zach Berman  |  April 18, 2010; 2:51 PM ET
Categories:  Free agency , Mike Shanahan , Minicamp  
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"A third wide receiver was at the minicamp, but the team would not release his name."


You have to wonder if it's Terrell Owens.

(Ooooops!: I forgot who our starting quarterback is now.)

In any event, we do need a fifth receiver, and do have some options.

I'd like to use F Davis as a fifth receiver.

This opens up a roster spot would allow the team to carry three quarterbacks (a rookie and Rex)and a special teamer/hybrid-type player who can play

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 18, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck and be prepared to run for your life or to the gatorade.

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | April 18, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Of the three running backs, Parker has the fewest career carries with 1,253. His 4.3 yards per carry is the lowest average among the running backs, with Portis averaging 4.5 yards per carry in his career...."

Parker and Portis should make for a nice backfield.

And the thing about Parker is not is yards' average, but does he still have excellent lateral quickness?

M Shanahan's signature running play is the 'stretch,' and if Parker still has the sudden burst or 'jump cut' that makes that play successful, then he will do well.

Too, I wonder if he follows lead blocking better than Portis, a guy who doesn't let his fullback clear the way as much as get in the way himself.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 18, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Moe, why are you already writing off Johnson?

Posted by: Red-skin-Joe | April 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Mistamoe,that 3rd wr is Anthony Armstrong,I believe.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | April 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck and be prepared to run for your life or to the gatorade.

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | April 18, 2010 3:09 PM |

Why are you still posting here if your a 4merskinsfan, bringing in two WR's for a look doesn't mean they are going to sign them jacka$$. Doesn't your new team have a blog you can go be annoying on.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 18, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsbog
RT @granthpaulsen K. Shanahan: "They talk about [how the O line's] been a weakness but I don't see it on tape or out on the field."
about 1 hour ago via web

So he's an expert? RT @granthpaulsen Kyle Shanahan on current o-line: "We can definitely compete with what we have."
about 1 hour ago via web

Posted by: TWISI | April 18, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope Obama makes a turn towards the right, a-la Clinton. If he wishes to be re-elected, he must. Clinton cut taxes and was much more moderate than most give him credit for. The two parties intend to divide us and most are their willing puppets. I am a fiscal conservative, therefore the two major parties offer no choice for me.

Check out the pork on all bills democrat or republican. If it doesn't awaken you and make you sick, you're part of the problem!


Posted by: 1965skinsfan

As part of an exchange program, I've fired off a post to a GOP website talking about the redskins chances.

But thanks for sharing. I used to call Clinton the "best Republican President since Lincoln."

But what President Obama most needs to do first is clean up years of dog paddies left by the most radical right wing wackjob President in the history of the Republic.

You're a fiscal conservative, eh? Remember who left a SURPLUS in the kitty when he left office, and who created the disaster we are trying to climb out of now.

And Bush's evil lives on. Thanks to the Supremes now allowing corporations to spend all they want on political ads, the truth is never farther away from political advertising.

Here in CA, we are seeing cleverly twisted lies in the form of a proposition designed to deliver power monoply forever and ever to PG&E the near monopoly which runs it now. But the ads are so clevely twisted, it makes you look like a vote for that is actually a patriotic vote for individual liberty and freedom.

Decline and fall, baby, decline and fall.

Posted by: TheCork | April 18, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The best news for Fast Willie is that one well delivered pop on the Noggin and Portis retires.

L.J. seems to be toast, but even if he's not, a 1-2 combo withhim would allow FW to perhaps, shine.

Posted by: TheCork | April 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Once again-a bunch of old guys.

tell me...

when is the last time the skins drafted a running back?

tic..tick..tick

time up

wasn't it like 2002 or something?

Ladell Betts?

eagles rule once again!

Posted by: eaglesrule | April 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

OMG they are actually gonna dump ah and package a deal to go get Bradford.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't your new team have a blog you can go be annoying on.

Posted by: Flounder21 |

Yeah, dude. One thing this board doesn't lack is annoying bloggers.

Way to man the parapets, Flounder....

Posted by: TheCork | April 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

OMG they are actually gonna dump ah and package a deal to go get Bradford.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Um, link/source please?

Posted by: mohammed10 | April 18, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, dude. One thing this board doesn't lack is annoying bloggers.

Way to man the parapets, Flounder....

Posted by: TheCork | April 18, 2010 3:29 PM |

As you told me stay the f_ck out of my conversation, I know ass-oles stick up for one another but mind your buisness.

Maybe it would be better if you were a former skins fan as well.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 18, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Its conjecture Mohammed. Do you really think there is a link available with absolutes 4 days before the draft?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 18, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

As far as the other WR's at camp, in another article I read today, the skins are trying out several. Jerry Porter, Roydell Williams, and Marques Hagans. Hagans was a QB in college, we all know about Porter, probably slowed now, did not play last year, and Williams, maybe. I think Parker is going to surprise. Comeback player of the year this year.

Posted by: CROSSHugger | April 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

still nothing more about the receiver who shall not be named?

Posted by: terrapin3 | April 18, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Fast Willie will be our leading rusher this year. I'm guessing 1200 yards.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 18, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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