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Portis Gets Ready to Run

If the Redskins' offense is going to be more successful this season, a key component has to be the play of Clinton Portis -- we're not exactly revealing the playbook with that one, are we? Barry Svrluga caught up with Portis, who talked about his rep, his practice reps and his recent trip to the Berlin Wall.

There is no more obvious player to spot, in the crosshairs of the Redskins' fan base and its front office and its coaching staff, than Clinton Portis. And the question that's so often asked about one of Washington's most complex players is simple: Will he make the sacrifice?
"Don't rest me," Portis said.
"He worked really hard," Zorn said.
"I just see more effort in practice," offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said.
These are the stories that dominate training camps from coast to coast each August, stories of changed attitudes and renewed commitments and blah blah blah. With Portis, though, they seem to be annual events, because he is enormously important to the Redskins' success, because no player in their locker room has Portis's penchant for drama -- and, therefore, scrutiny -- and because his opinion has, on occasion, differed with that of his coaches.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 2, 2009; 8:27 AM ET
 
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Comments

Campbell always seems to say the right things.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | August 2, 2009 7:19 AM

You'll know he's leader of the team when he tells Clinton Portis to stop running his mouth and let his play speak for him.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 2, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

All because of Twitter?:

"It has league officials and social media experts predicting the upcoming season will be unlike any before."


Think of the things the causal fan will learn with even more access to players.

We'll get an NFL baller's thoughts about which strip club not to get arrested in.

Fans will come to know what it's like to worry about paternity suits.

Players will wonder if their Bentley is the sort of car that qualifies for Obama's 'Cash for Clunkers' program.

Better yet, let's hope they keep some professional distance and lay it all out on the field: the tweet of a well-played game is the best way to communicate to fans.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 2, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

"Don't rest me," Portis said.

Dear Mr. Portis,

You do need to be rested.

Had the team made the playoffs last year, you would have not been all that effective due to the bumps and bruises suffered during the 6-2 opening stretch run.

Let's let Ladell carry the load early on, and flip the scrip in mid-season.

You'll be more effective with fresh legs in November if Zorn's play calling reflects a 'sharing the load' philosophy.

After all, you don't want to go out like Shaun Alexander did.

Or do you?

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 2, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"It has league officials and social media experts predicting the upcoming season will be unlike any before."


--"league officials and social media experts"? Twitter makes strange bedfellows.


What exactly is a "social media expert" and does it pay well? I might give up my gig posting on RI if I can make more as a "social media expert."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 2, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

From Redskins.com:

8:55 a.m. ET

QB Drill

Jim Zorn’s wacky quarterback drills are back. These are perfect for training camp--they are a great attraction for fans.

Zorn gathered his quarterbacks midfield. As the QB dropped back to pass, he faced a barrage of pads thrown at him.

Jason Campbell was tripped up as pads were thrown at his feet. At the last minute, another pad hit him in the back, and Campbell fell to the ground.

Todd Collins had his footwork impacted as he dropped back to pass. He stumbled, and his pass was off the mark.

Colt Brennan dropped back and did not have his mechanics interrupted at all by the barrage of pads. He maintained fluidity and completed his throw.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 2, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Where was the O Line? Why weren't they blocking out those pads. Man, we've got serious issues on the O Line this year.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 2, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

daily random thoughts

Cindy-girl you were up early and are working it!

T_E - as much as you post you can qualify as a social media expert or at the very least a social media consultant (that should bill out at least $125/hr)

Overall, I think so far the Post coverage of training camp has improved over last year. Let's keep up the good work.

Go Tiger, have a great round Sunday.

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 2, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Twitter is the newest and most efficient way to show the world you express yourself like a tard.

Posted by: mack1 | August 2, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Their twattering:

Carlos Rogers

Returning from a minor calf injury is Carlos Rogers, who is back at practice on Sunday morning.

His calf is wrapped up and it appears he is working lightly in some drills.

It's early in training camp, no need to work Rogers hard.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 2, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

RedskinsDotComHurry-up offense drills: Fletcher tips a pass across the middle to Davis, Chris Horton is right there to make an interception.

redskinsblogPhillip Daniels @ tackle & Orakpo at rde during 2 minute drill.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 2, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell was tripped up as pads were thrown at his feet. At the last minute, another pad hit him in the back, and Campbell fell to the ground.

Did he have to leave the field on a cart and wearing a neck brace??

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | August 2, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"These people have nothing to say and only say it because they can say it briefly. Boring as ChRiS LarrY's blog complaints."

TE, everything i learned about being boring on the blog i learned fro you my man.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Is it true that Leigh Torrence tried to observe the Redskin's training camp and was turned away by Vinnie Cerrato?

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | August 2, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

twitter rulz
constantly unfunny whiners droolz

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

RickMaeseDefense is 5-6 steps ahead of offense. 2 picks already in 11-on-11. Even 2nd string D pushing around 1st-team offense, esp O-line.
7 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 2, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

damn s-camp u bat me to it!

here is one though:

RT: @SI_PeterKing Just finished a Jason Campbell story for the mag.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

*beat

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

More from Redskins.com:

9:45 a.m. ET

First set of 11-on-11s

After a tough first day in pads, could the offense rebound against the Redskins' stout defense?

Let's watch:

* Tough couple of plays for Roydell Williams. He dropped one pass, then let a well-thrown slant pass from Jason Campbell go right through his hands. The ball was thrown fast and hard, and he did not even get a hand on the ball.
* Play of the day so far: Malcolm Kelly made a remarkable catch despite solid coverage by Alfred Fincher. Kelly leaped up and grabbed the ball, but Fincher poked at it. Kelly started to juggle the ball and slipped between his legs. Fallling to the ground, Kelly held on to the ball for the reception.
* Todd Collins dropped back to pass and waited for a receiver to get open. From his right, Lorenzo Alexander had a shot at a sack. Collins got the pass off and connected with Todd Yoder downfield for a nice gain.
* Nice effort by Trent Shelton diving for a Collins pass, but it wasn't enough. Incomplete. Doug Dutch had the coverage.
* Jeremy Jarmon rushed into the backfield and was in position to tip a sideline pass by Collins. The ball fluttered behind Jarmon and into the arms of Santana Moss, who turned up-field for a nice gain.
* Next play, Mike Williams handled Jarmon's rush, pushing him back twice. Collins rolled left but slipped on the wet surface. No play.
* Anthony Alridge flashes his remarkable speed again. He burst past a block by Williams at right tackle and into the secondary. A frustrated Kareem Moore was in position to push down Alridge.
* Antwaan Randle El in the slot, he burst into a cornerback at the snap. Randle El turned away and raced across the field, catching Colt Brennan's pass in stride and racing downfield for a nice gain.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 2, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

From Redskins.com:

First set of 11-on-11s

After a tough first day in pads, could the offense rebound against the Redskins' stout defense?

Let's watch:

Tough couple of plays for Roydell Williams. He dropped one pass, then let a well-thrown slant pass from Jason Campbell go right through his hands. The ball was thrown fast and hard, and he did not even get a hand on the ball.
Play of the day so far: Malcolm Kelly made a remarkable catch despite solid coverage by Alfred Fincher. Kelly leaped up and grabbed the ball, but Fincher poked at it. Kelly started to juggle the ball and slipped between his legs. Fallling to the ground, Kelly held on to the ball for the reception.
Todd Collins dropped back to pass and waited for a receiver to get open. From his right, Lorenzo Alexander had a shot at a sack. Collins got the pass off and connected with Todd Yoder downfield for a nice gain.
Nice effort by Trent Shelton diving for a Collins pass, but it wasn't enough. Incomplete. Doug Dutch had the coverage.
Jeremy Jarmon rushed into the backfield and was in position to tip a sideline pass by Collins. The ball fluttered behind Jarmon and into the arms of Santana Moss, who turned up-field for a nice gain.
Next play, Mike Williams handled Jarmon's rush, pushing him back twice. Collins rolled left but slipped on the wet surface. No play.
Anthony Alridge flashes his remarkable speed again. He burst past a block by Williams at right tackle and into the secondary. A frustrated Kareem Moore was in position to push down Alridge.
Antwaan Randle El in the slot, he burst into a cornerback at the snap. Randle El turned away and raced across the field, catching Colt Brennan's pass in stride and racing downfield for a nice gain.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 2, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Well Cl, sorry about that, Curzon seems to have beat me to one. Isn't it nice to have too much instead of too little.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 2, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that will be a player friendly article......

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 2, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Portis is, pound for pound, the baddest cat in the jungle. He "Tally-Ho!!" in the alley!! Berlin?? Nah, man - AMSTERDAM!! rawk on, starfield mccoy, b-12s

Posted by: frak | August 2, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

4th King loves campbell and always has so eggs on his face if he flops...so i bet its a puff piece with a helping of snyder/cerrato bashing.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Mike Williams is one smart DIETER. At a morbidly obese 450 lbs. to getting an NFL team to sign him, therefore PAY him, to lose weight. If he ends up not making the team, he still makes the Redskins look foolish for paying him to exercise and diet. Didn't see other teams lining up for the experiment, shows how desperate they are. Kudos to Mike Williams!

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | August 2, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Good to see Kelly doing well and the knee holding up.

Posted by: jm220 | August 2, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Hurry-Up Offense

Staying with the 11-on-11 action, Jim Zorn put 1:30 on the game clock and asked the first- and second-team offenses to move the offense into field goal range from the 30-yard line.

Jason Campbell is up first.

Brian Orakpo "thudded" into Chris Samuels, then was pushed into Derrick Dockery. Tough going for the rookie. Campbell completed a short pass to the sideline.
Albert Haynesworth escaped Samuels and pressured Campbell. He eluded the rush and found Devin Thomas downfield for a first down.
Campbell rolled right and found Thomas again along the sideline. Thomas made a nice catch right at the first-down marker.
Campbell threw a quick strike to Antwaan Randle El for a short gain. Just 12 seconds left, though.
More pressure on Campbell, but he stepped up in the pocket and found Thomas for a short gain.
Four seconds left, no time for another play.
Todd Collins is up next.

Mike Williams pushed Jeremy Jarmon back, allowing Collins to complete a quick pass to Todd Yoder. H.B. Blades made the stop.
Reed Doughty leaped up in front of Yoder along the sidelines and had an interception in his grasp. The wet ball slipped through his fingers, though.
Collins found Marcus Mason for a short gain.
Trent Shelton was open downfield and he had to dive for Collins's pass. He could not hang on to the ball, it slipped through his fingers. Tough play, but Shelton should have made the catch.
Collins passes across the middle to rookie tight end Robbie Agnone.
Just six seconds left, no time for another play.
Another chance for Campbell

Fred Smoot yelled "SCREEN." Campbell passes to Rock Cartwright, but he is quickly wrapped up by London Fletcher for a minimal gain.
Campbell passes across the middle to Fred Davis. Fletcher is there again, he tips the pass away and right into the arms of Chris Horton. Interception, series over.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 2, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Reads like mike williams is getting his sea legs a bit...

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I think the only thing the team has to worry about with Portis is resting him enough to get him through the entire season. I am sure he sees the lack of carries as reducing his season's yardage and it may do so, but those teams the Redskins face late in the season are going to be a lot more afraid of a rested Portis than they were of the broken down, limping Portis they faced last year. Jim Zorn, do us a favor and rest him more.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 2, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

twitter:

RickMaesePractice ends with bad 1st-string series for offense. Can't imagine Zorn is too happy. Interesting to hear his response...

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

J.D. Skolnitsky went to JMU Chris Larry. He's trying out for DE.

Also, Just saw the Keith Eloi videos on YouTube. I'm rooting for that kid to make the team. Hope he can catch and run routes as well as he can jump into trucks and out of pools backwards.

Posted by: Dorf | August 2, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

twitter:

"RickMaesePractice ends with bad 1st-string series for offense. Can't imagine Zorn is too happy. Interesting to hear his response..."


Non-twittered question:

Is the offense bad or the defense just that good?

The problem with 'tweeting' is you don't get a in-depth, thoughtout response--just some moronic ejaculatory phrase backed up by nothing.

And for how long does the poor offense play get put away with, "Well, it's early, y'all," before folks admit that the offense is what it is: a massive source of worry.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 2, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"The problem with 'tweeting' is you don't get a in-depth, thoughtout response--just some moronic ejaculatory phrase backed up by nothing."

OK I will get off your lawn already...

Twitter isn't used in a vacum its part of a suite of tools used. Giant "Duh" there. Its like snapshots of the writers notebook where things are latter fleshed out in print/blog form. But please keep the old guy cranky pants thing going...you and TE should go on the road...

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

TE, everything i learned about being boring on the blog i learned fro you my man.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 2, 2009 10:16 AM

That explains it. At least you had the good sense to learn from a master.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 2, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

More from Redskins.com:

Zorn On Alridge

First-year running back Anthony Alridge continues to impress with his speed at practice, and Jim Zorn mentioned it in his post-practice media session.

"You saw a little bit of a flash with Anthony Alridge running the ball," Zorn said. "Everybody was looking around and he was through the line of scrimmage. The play was blocked very well, and he just took off."

Could Alridge emerge as the Redskins’ version of San Diego’s Darren Sproles?

Last offseason, team officials sought out a Sproles-like running back and came back with two in Alridge and Dominique Dorsey, formerly of the CFL.

"That’s the type of acceleration that we can have with some versatility, both he and Dominique Dorsey are here because of that reason," Zorn said.

Alridge and Dorsey have to excel on special teams to beat out Rock Cartwright for the third running back.

"We don’t have the luxury to take everybody, but in preseason games we have to judge what the combination is going to be," Zorn said. "I couldn’t tell you what it is yet."


Zorn Impressed With Hagans

Asked Sunday about the development of second-year wide receiver Marques Hagans, Jim Zorn replied: "Yeah, he's showing up, isn't he?"

Hagans, a University of Virginia product, has had NFL stints with the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. He has nine career catches for 108 yards.

In college, he played quarterback, wide receiver, running back and even cornerback.

He's another Antwaan Randle El, basically, and he could be the front-runner to win the fifth wide receiver spot with Roydell Williams slowed by a finger injury.

"The thing Marques needs to do is just gain knowledge," Zorn said. "He ran a wrong route [Sunday] because he had never run it before. It was a clearing route and he took it too far over the middle.

"He really does a nice job running with the ball after the catch. He has a good, quick move. We're going to give him a shot in preseason games."

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 2, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe I think the offense, particularly the OL is going to be a worry until players like Mike Willams, Rinehart start to play with more technique. I was at the practice yesterday and I offer these few observations.

1.About 90% of the offensive plays yesterday were pass plays, and you can tell the D line was just exploding off the snap to rush the QB.

2.Haynesworth is causing all kinds of problem inside. He's getting double most of the time, and the othe D linemen are taking advantage of their situations.

3.This defense is good. The secondary left very tight windows to throw into. Players such as Fletcher, Smoot(when he played FS), and Horton would check the D into another play when they read what the offensive play. The defensive guys seem to have a good grasp of what they are supposed to do.

Posted by: TWISI | August 2, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Love this time of year when all these new names have their 1.5 minutes of fame. Looks like Marcus Mason's time has come and gone.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 2, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

beeeeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 2, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

On rookie years from WRs, just read a stat analysis that confirms the tendency towards poor performances from first year pass catchers. The third year is the most likely breakout year, but apparently the second and fourth years are very close.

Of course none of this applies to Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, and Fred Davis, because the folks on this blog would never rush to judgment, right?

Posted by: Samson151 | August 2, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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