Washington Redskins Should Draft a Running Back

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Published: April 9, 2009


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He’s durable, talented, and a fixture in the D.C. sports scene. His worst year without the burden of injury was 1,200-plus yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s 800-some yards shy of 10,000 rushing yards heading into his eighth season.

And for the latter reason, the Redskins should be considering the running back continuity plan to replace Clinton Portis in this year’s NFL Draft.

I get that Portis was a legitimate MVP candidate through the first half of the 2008 season. And I don’t dispute that he has a lot of talent left. But I do question how much body he has left, given that of all the active  NFL running backs, his body and his offensive system are a perfect storm for the premature ending of a career.

His offensive line is inconsistent. His physical build is powerful, but slight. And for a player who has carried the ball 20 times a game in 95 career starts, you have to consider that the poten...

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