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Portis: Redskins Made Too Many Mistakes

For all the criticism the offense has taken since putting up zero points last week against the Ravens, it's probably worth noting that the Redskins' most reliable offensive weapon wasn't in pads. Clinton Portis was a healthy scratch for the preseason opener, which means he watched the game from the sidelines. Like fans, he noted with frustration all the things that went wrong. His verdict: the offense has room for improvement.

"Only thing we can do is improve after scoring no points," the eighth-year running back said.

After watching film of the game, Portis said it wasn't the Ravens who held the Redskins scoreless as much as it was the Redskins committing too many mistakes.

"They didn't do anything spectacular," he said. "We missed a lot of open reads, we missed a lot of blocks, just being in place. If we get to our assignment and do things we're supposed to do, I think that game's totally different."

Portis and his teammates were in pads Sunday morning for the first time since Thursday's game. They began practice with a rotation of punt returns, a group that briefly included Portis.

"I could still do it, so I'm trying out for it right now," said a smiling Portis, who fielded the final punt of the morning and sprinted through the coverage.

Portis mostly watched as the more likely candidates took turns returning punts - Antwaan Randle El, Dominique Dorsey and Santana Moss.

By Rick Maese  |  August 16, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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Posted by: SonofNero | August 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they were just mixing things up for the coverage units, but you have to wonder why you would risk your star running back doing a drill for a job he will never do in the regular season.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 16, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they'd have made fewer mistakes on the field, if players were allowed to RECEIVE tweets during the game from coaches.

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Posted by: Corkczar | August 16, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Corkczar | August 16, 2009 2:51 PM

Wish you'd eaten more of it before now.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 16, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

It's probably going to get worst before it gets better. This year if Portis criticizes the OL, he will just be preaching to the choir.

Posted by: periculum | August 16, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey Clinton.........How about you get on the field and show the other guys how to play without mistakes. Huh? Get on the field portis!!!! If you get hurt then sorry too bad. That's football.

Posted by: jgraves75 | August 17, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@ jgraves:
I get that Portis should probably talk less and let his playing set the example, but please, you're not REALLY suggesting we should've been, or should be playing Portis more in meaningless preseason games that are best for evaluating young talent that may or may not make the squad. You're not seriously suggesting the team risk the most potent offensive weapon we have in those situations...are you? Cuz I'm sorry, but I thought it was about winning games during the regular season.

Posted by: hogmeister | August 17, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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