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Redskins remain interested in Brian Westbrook

The Redskins have been through their first preseason game and got a good look at young running backs Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams. But Coach Mike Shanahan said after Sunday's practice that the club remains interested in veteran free agent Brian Westbrook.

"Like I told you, I'm not sure what direction he's going," Shanahan said. "But we've been entertaining that option. I'm not sure what direction he's going at this time."

Shanahan said there is no timetable for action. ESPN's John Clayton suggested late last week that Westbrook was likely headed to St. Louis by Monday, a claim the Rams denied. St. Louis, though, is one team that has remained interested in pursuing the former Philadelphia Eagle throughout his free agency. Denver, another potential suitor because of a backfield decimated by injuries, last week signed veteran Justin Fargas.

The Redskins rushed for 140 yards on 41 carries in Friday night's 42-17 preseason victory over Buffalo. Torain (17 carries, 62 yards) and Williams (11 carries, 51 yards, two touchdowns) got the bulk of the work. Veteran Larry Johnson is scheduled to get his chance this Saturday against Baltimore, with fellow veteran free agent signee Willie Parker playing more the following week against the New York Jets.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2010; 4:36 PM ET
Categories:  Running backs  
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Posted by: WRBD | August 15, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Why?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

first...I'm not too sure we need him. i think Torain can handle that spot well.

Posted by: frens06 | August 15, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

fizourth

Posted by: ProspectorPete | August 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

we don't need him we nee og shawn andrews and vincent jackson yes that means super bowl

Posted by: robertg238 | August 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

we don't need him we need og shawn andrews and vincent jackson yes that means super bowl

Posted by: robertg238 | August 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins remain interested in Brian Westbrook"

The Case Against Brian Westbrook

--the team would do well to integrate one of the younger backs (Torain/Williams) into the offense

--would it be wise to depend on a player who might not be able to play because of yet another head injury when you're already doing that for CP?

--we don't want to labeled "D.C.-Homeland of Eagle Rejects"

--is the Westbook we remember the same guy today?

We say 'No' to Westbrook.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Torain won't last, do you see how high he runs? I don't understand the RB rotation. From all reports I've read Larry has looked solid and willy shaky. So why do we only see CP, Torain and Williams? Is it going to be Larry, Torain and Williams next week and CP get the night off? If CP starts does that hint that they don't see Larry the same as being reported? Not seeing willy until the 3rd preseason game is a little odd when everyone is saying he's the one going to be assed out. Oh well, I'm down for an LJ and Westbrook backfield.

Posted by: AnthonyMix | August 15, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

He won't sign here anyway. There's too much competition and no gaurantee that he makes it. I'm sure he wants to be a starter or part of a two headed attack.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I am very curious to see what he has left in the tank. But Denver and LA need him a lot worse than we do. I suspect they will make him a decent offer.

Posted by: NYPDee | August 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Should be interesting to see the first team get some extended reps in the third game against the Jets.

Posted by: saltine182 | August 15, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Torain won't last, do you see how high he runs? I don't understand the RB rotation. From all reports I've read Larry has looked solid and willy shaky. So why do we only see CP, Torain and Williams? Is it going to be Larry, Torain and Williams next week and CP get the night off? If CP starts does that hint that they don't see Larry the same as being reported? Not seeing willy until the 3rd preseason game is a little odd when everyone is saying he's the one going to be assed out. Oh well, I'm down for an LJ and Westbrook backfield.

Posted by: AnthonyMix | August 15, 2010 5:21 PM |

Your question has already been answered multiple times through multiple interviews and multiple threads. Try and keep up...and stop having sex with underage girls.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I meant Denver and St. Louis.

Posted by: NYPDee | August 15, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't need him.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 15, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't need him.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 15, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"On the flip side I thought Andre Carter looked like poo as an OLB."


Two points:

If there is little difference between a rookie and a vet learning a new position, I wonder if, for the long term, P Riley should be given more time at OLB.

Before the defensive scheme switch from 4-3 to 3-4, critics rightly asked if the skins had the personnel at linebacker to execute the change.

I wonder, now, if they have a point.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell does Westbrook think he is? We don't need no stinking' Brian Westbrook!

Posted by: rickyroge | August 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse


Someone else may have posted this, but if so, anyone who missed it should link to this article. The NYT thinks highly of Shanahan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/sports/football/15redskins.html?_r=1&ref=sports

Posted by: TheCork | August 15, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

beep beep yall

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"On the flip side I thought Andre Carter looked like poo as an OLB."


Carter is going to be a situational pass rusher in this defense. He will be in on obvious passing downs. Westbrook is basically a third down back these days.

Posted by: srobert1117 | August 15, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Shanahan knows quality running backs when he see`s them! I trust that he will put the right one`s in place to help this team! I would love to see him bring some fresh young legs into this season!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 15, 2010 7:16 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, moss, help me out with the rest!!

Posted by: davetoobs146 | August 15, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Why would Westbrook not want to be in camp by now unless he is going to play with a QB he is already comfortable with? An why wouldn't he want to play his old team twice every year? Finally, in his situation with age and the concussions, why wouldn't he want to ONLY be a 3rd down back coming out of the backfield or lining up on the LOS so he can DICTATE BETTER how he takes his hits? Even if the other losing teams offered more money to run the ball, his agent better be advising him to come here - which is exactly where he should and likely will be playing. Play for a little less money here with incentives.

Posted by: artsnsportz | August 15, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook is not a leg weary beat up running back. He got his bell rung and had to mend. He has the ability to get the job done. He is not a loser or an over the hill type player. He could play third downs and teach another younger back how to be a third down option back. The skill set is different and who would be better than him to coach the young player.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | August 16, 2010 2:58 AM | Report abuse

You mean, the Brian Westbrook? The guy that likes to fight with his own players, B. Westbrook? Why do we need that turmoil? I watched them practice this weekend and the skins have some nice sure handed receivers. I don't think Westbrook is needed.

Hey.. how bout your boy Campbell? Nice 62 yards of passing production for the Raiders last week. Yeah, i know, he just needs more time to learn. See ya!

Posted by: carl6405 | August 16, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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