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Willie Parker moves up the depth chart

There are a couple of interesting changes on the updated depth chart the Redskins released in advance of Saturday night's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.

Veteran running back Willie Parker, listed at the bottom of the first depth chart, moved to third string, ahead of young players Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams, who are tied at fourth string. Parker improved his standing for the game against the Baltimore Ravens despite sitting out the 42-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills because it was not his turn to work with the first-team offense.

Roydell Williams, formerly listed as a co-starter at X receiver, or split end, with Joey Galloway, is now fourth-string. Williams, out of the NFL since the 2008 season while struggling with injuries, is playing on special teams for the first time in an attempt to revive his career.

Despite muffing the opening kickoff return of the season, wideout Devin Thomas remained atop the depth chart at that position. Although Phillip Buchanon still is listed as the No. 1 punt returner, rookie Brandon Banks, who had a 77-yard touchdown against the Buffalo Bills, appears to be making a move for the top spot.

By Jason Reid  |  August 16, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
Categories:  Running backs , Special teams , Willie Parker  
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Comments

First, he improves position on the depth chart by doing nothing?

Posted by: dpc2003 | August 16, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

My wife tells me I rank pretty low on the depth chart. But, she also says that what really matters more is my solid ranking on the girth chart.

I mean, can we please dispense with all this depth chart watching? It's obvious that it's meaningless. How about we just stick to who is starting/playing in the upcoming preseason game.

PS - Roydell Williams turned a very short play into a long pass play, so I like him already.

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

My wife tells me I rank pretty low on the depth chart. But, she also says that what really matters more is my solid ranking on the girth chart.

I mean, can we please dispense with all this depth chart watching? It's obvious that it's meaningless. How about we just stick to who is starting/playing in the upcoming preseason game.

PS - Roydell Williams turned a very short play into a long pass play, so I like him already.

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

Is there a link to the new depth chart? Redskins.com still has the previous one.

Posted by: Snydersucks | August 16, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The coaches are in love with Banks.

I love him too but he won't be able to give us anything at wide reciever.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I'm wondering why Roydell moved down...

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The coaches are in love with Banks.

I love him too but he won't be able to give us anything at wide reciever.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse
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Rachel, I hear what you're saying, but we don't have the depth at WR to risk someone for PR nor KR if you ask me.

Posted by: clark202 | August 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Torain finishes the game as our leading rusher and Keiland Williams punches 2 into the end zone in a 42-17 rout.

In recognition of their hard work in a winning effort, they get dropped to the bottom of the depth chart.

Posted by: p1funk | August 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Depth chart = RI power rankings.

Posted by: Rypien11 | August 16, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

maybe they're holding the depth chart upside down?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | August 16, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"...he improves position on the depth chart by doing nothing?"


More than half of the people who are rich and famous today have achieved their success in the same manner.

So why not a footballa?

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

More than half of the people who are rich and famous today have achieved their success in the same manner.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 5:30 PM

If doing nothing were enough this blog would be The Millionaires' Club. It's not enough to just do nothing. You have to do it better than everyone else.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 16, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

p1funk

"In recognition of their hard work in a winning effort, they get dropped to the bottom of the depth chart."


Actually, it's a smart why to foster competition.

I mean, the vets must outdo the young'ns or have doubt about their skills persist.

The vets face a tougher D in the ravens, but are in a position where they have to get tough yards, pass protect, and finish off runs with authority.

L Johnson will be cut major slack by the Shanahans, but if the rumors are true, W Parker might just wind up cut if he doesn't 'show out' against an AFC Central D he's faced before.

I think Shanny is playing a very nice head game.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe, you funny.

But on target as always.

Posted by: rgj21 | August 16, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe, you funny.

But on target as always.

Posted by: rgj21 | August 16, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

rachel

"The coaches are in love with Banks....I love him too, but he won't be able to give us anything at wide reciever."


I dunno.

I'd rather have B Banks get the occasional long return than progress as a receiver.

The skins need a 'field-flipper' like Banks.

Speed and dynamic play ability in the return game is essential in the modern NFL: who let's that slip onto the practice squad because a guy is not Jerry Rice, jr.?

Any guy who can shorten fields with returns or 'take it to the house' from time to time is equal, in may book, to a number 2-3 receiver who catches 55 passes.

Let's make space for T Austin (another blazer) and B Banks: we did for 3 years for 2 young'ns who've yet to show a return for their draft slots:

Devin Thomas

Malcolm Kelly

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The coaches are in love with Banks.

I love him too but he won't be able to give us anything at wide reciever.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse
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Rachel, I hear what you're saying, but we don't have the depth at WR to risk someone for PR nor KR if you ask me.

Posted by: clark202 | August 16, 2010 5:24 PM

Why not? We kept Rock as a 3rd RB for two years too many because he was a good ST guy - he never made the field as RB. Why can't we find room for a guy that can score touchdowns pretty much any time he touches the ball or at least give us great field position? Make him a KR specialist.

Keep one less FB or blocking TE. You can get those guys off the street in the middle of the season pretty easy if there's an injury.

It's a little early for this after only one preseason game, but if he keeps lighting it up on returns, you'd be nuts to let him go.

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

HUH? check out Brian Westbrook's wiki page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Westbrook

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The coaches are in love with Banks.

I love him too but he won't be able to give us anything at wide reciever.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse
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True, but it won't really matter if Shanny's willing to keep 6 receivers, with BB being the 6th, as I've heard in the media somewhere that he might be willing to do. He'll never see the field as a WR except for a PR/KR - basiclly Devin Hester role (Hester in his first year, at least). Depends on how much they like him, or maybe how close Terrance Austin can get to BB's performance.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | August 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

didn't they say Rams for Westbrook?

Posted by: rachel216

Oh my bad. It was never close with the Rams. Oops.

----
La Canfora says Westbrook's decision could come as soon as today.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The depth chart is a joke, but bring it on if it is going to keep the pressure where Mike knows it needs to be kept.

Posted by: artsnsportz | August 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=716&line=178287&spln=1

whoa... curveball... didn't they say Rams for Westbrook?

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse


After watching their respective preseason games, the reality of playing on the Rams versus playing on the Redskins finally hit him...took a while to register with all those concussions and whatnot...

Posted by: p1funk | August 16, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Wikipedia is breaking news now?

Hmmmm...

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Who goes? Parker?

Posted by: edvar | August 16, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

rgj21

"...you funny...But on target as always."

Thanks for the shout out, bro'

I only do what I do to keep this thing rollin'.

We are all redskins fans, and each of us keeps this place bangin'.

HTTR

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Dude, if Wikipedia scoops Reid this will be epic. Sad and demented, but epic.....

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 16, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Banks reminds me of Dante Hall from KC back in the day...but he's even smaller (which is scary).

Would be nice if we had a burner back there returning.

http://www.nfl.com/players/profile?id=HAL247893

Posted by: JoelV | August 16, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Brandon Bank's help as a wide out? he destroyed cb at k.state for big play's as a wo.

Posted by: dakel76 | August 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I agree MistaMoe.. I'd rather NOT see Banks in as a reciever. He could get killed. I think Banks definitely makes the team because of his big-play ability. Did anyone hear Danny Smith slip up when talking about Banks? He was asked about Bank's muffing a punt and Danny said something like "we'll have a chance to work on it throughout the year"

hmmm... Danny knows Banks will make the team?

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: AdamCr | August 16, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

HAH, NOT...

Westbrook signs with 49ers. 1 year deal.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 16, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

La Canfora says Westbrook's decision could come as soon as today.

Posted by: rachel216
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Key word: could.

He said the same thing during the draft about the Haynesworth trade...I seem to recall it being a done deal.

Posted by: AdamCr | August 16, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"Banks reminds me of Dante Hall from KC back in the day...but he's even smaller" JoelV | August 16, 2010 6:04 PM

Excellent comparison. Dante Hall burned the Broncos many times on punt returns back in Shanny's time frame. It must still be on his mind.

Posted by: bones21 | August 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

We'd be retarded to not keep him on the team. A half way decent PR makes a tangible difference in a game. A possible game breaker can do just that... break a game wide open.

He is small, but I don't think he's afraid of anything (can't be and be a punt returner... more likely to be killed on a punt return than a fly pattern as a WR)

Posted by: carocanesfan | August 16, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

PFT's post on Westbrook:

"Brian Westbrook is headed to San Francisco
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 16, 2010 6:17 PM ET
When ESPN's John Clayton said Brian Westbrook was likely headed to the Rams, we pointed out that Westbrook may see if anything develops in the final set of preseason games before making a decision.

We were thinking that a player might get injured, opening a new door for Westbrook. A surprise retirement did the trick instead.

Westbrook agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the 49ers, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Westbrook will help fill the backup role vacated by Glen Coffee, the second-year player who officially filed his retirement papers on Monday.

Rookie Anthony Dixon looked good in San Francisco's preseason opener, but he's a novice on passing downs. If Westbrook can avoid further concussions --- a gigantic if -- he can handle third down duties in his sleep.

UPDATE: The team confirmed the news. Westbrook has signed.


Permalink 0 Comments Latest stories in: Latest News and Rumors, NFL Mobil"

Posted by: skinsfan713 | August 16, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone not named Portis that's toting the rock for the 'Skins heartily applauds Brian Westbrook's decision.

Posted by: AdamCr | August 16, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I'm wondering why Roydell moved down...

Posted by: rachel216

The NFL is so political is the reason. Despite what we'd love to believe, politics as much as performance determines a player making it or not.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | August 16, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Willie Parker moves onto the depth chart"

There...fixed it for ya.

Bummer if the "Westbrook to SF" thing is true...I really would have loved having him here as the 3rd down back and change of pace for Portis. Not sure if he fits into that smashmouth style they're running with Singletary, but I guess it doesn't matter if they're meeting his asking price. Too bad...I think he could have done big things in this Shanahan offense.

Oh...I almost forgot:

August depth charts = power rankings

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 16, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

he just gonna look at different players against the ravens 1-2nd stringers as they play with our 1-2nd stringers. thats it , nothing to see here people, move along.

Posted by: klangley69 | August 16, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Bummer if the "Westbrook to SF" thing is true...I really would have loved having him here as the 3rd down back and change of pace for Portis. Not sure if he fits into that smashmouth style they're running with Singletary, but I guess it doesn't matter if they're meeting his asking price. Too bad...I think he could have done big things in this Shanahan offense.

Oh...I almost forgot:

August depth charts = power rankings

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 16, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse
_______

His skillset would be nice, but I don't know...a couple of medical folks I spoke to (who haven't evaluated Westbrook at all) told me that Westbrook's concussion was serious and that he's very likely to have one again upon contact, and not really hard contact, either. I think he was too much of a risk.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | August 16, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Shucks! I wanted to stop and stare! BTW,F-Dallas!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 16, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"HAH, NOT...Westbrook signs with 49ers. 1 year deal."

The niners are a good team lacking only the accurate quarterback needed to make them a great team.

Alex Smith= Jason Campbell

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

willie parker moves up on the depth chart because his time here is almost up. if your looking for him to beat out either torain or the other young guy, it's probably not going to happen. he will get some rep's sat. against the ravens and then will be gone...given the opportunity to catch on somewhere else. i'm not saying he's washed up....but you need the youngster on the roster who maybe your future. parker is not the future. how big is that sproles guy in san diego...5'5 or something? not much bigger than banks, it's the size of the heart that makes a punt returner...let's see him a few more times.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | August 16, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

At this rate, if Parker doesn't play the next 2 games, he'll be the starter by the season opener.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 16, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

My wife tells me I rank pretty low on the depth chart. But, she also says that what really matters more is my solid ranking on the girth chart.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 16, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse
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Oddly enough, your wife told me I rank high on both charts.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 16, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The depth chart appears to be part mind game, part heavy dose of reality. The young guys are so exciting, because they are so hungry. Parker may have moved up because the Skins knew Brian Westbrook was off the market, but maybe Shanahan didn't see enough from the young guys on film. Brandon Banks has become the single most compelling storyline for the Preseason. Competition made what Brandon Banks did possible. My prediction was 6-10, but now I'm starting to believe anything is possible. Before any real games have been played, Shanahan has already shown he is a great coach who know how to get the best out of people. It's fun to be Skins fan again.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | August 17, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Good One, Randy...

Hope you two have a great time this weekend! I'll be down at the local Starbucks, glued to Reskins Insider! (how's that for an Insider endorsement! lol!)

Hey, Brandon Banks is tiny. I was thinking the same thing: Nice speed, hard to catch, but at Wideout, too likely to get hurt.

And then, it hit me! DeSean Jackson. I mean, what's he running at? 170? What's 20 lbs between a tiny guy and a Sean Taylor-like safety with hate in his heart?

OK, so, anyway, maybe just keep him around for shtis and giggles. Trick plays and such. A decoy here and there. The dude is dangerous. I don't know if you pass up on a guy like that. That's why it's known as a "skill" position. It's not like LB where anybody with a workout addiction can plug in adequately. WRs are game changers. The good ones are anyway.

DeSean Jackson is. That's for sure. Seen enough of that for one lifetime. Just don't send Banks across the middle like the Eagles did with Jackson.

You'd have figured Zorn had called something like that.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 17, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Johnson said give me speed and more speed at every position ( not exact..but his meaning). Let`s see, he is the only coach to win a national championship..and a super bowl,
So... there must be some wisdom there!

This team needs a lot more guys who will make big plays on both sides of the ball. Speed, on offense, and speed to the ball on defense..are critical..along with instinct, and football smarts. The lack of these things were a major cause in winning ONLY 4 games, and even more embarrassing...letting DETROIT beat us!
THE DEPTH CHART IS A JOKE AT THIS POINT..EXCEPT AS A MOTIVATING TOOL. BY THE DALLAS GAME..IT WILL BE MUCH MORE ACCURATE.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | August 17, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Why are some people questioning whether we can afford to keep Banks on the team in regards to the depth at WR. Are you kidding me?? A home run threat on punt returns for a guy at the bottom of the depth chart not to mention we're not paying him all that much? What's the question??? Also I don't see Willie making the final cut.

PS
Trade Andre Carter for a true OLB or a nice draft pick. He's trying his hardest but the guy needs to play on the line not in space. The Raiders or Rams should make a nice trading partner.

Posted by: MaxnDC | August 17, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't look at the current depth chart as a telling sign of anything. This is the depth chart for this week’s game, and it will change next week. Jason’s report doesn’t make that clear, as evidenced by some of the responses.

Posted by: skinsfever | August 17, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Is Sonny still on the depth chart? He does have staying power. Gotta give him that...

Posted by: semilost44 | August 17, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

This is news? So what! Who cares? It's not important until the week before opening day. Ya think Peter Parker may move up the depth chart?

Posted by: BenThere | August 17, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Where is the depth chart?

Posted by: justmy2 | August 19, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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