Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins

by Tim Heaney on July 13, 2010 @ 17:48:00 PDT


Clinton Portis | Washington Redskins | 5-foot-11, 221 pounds | 3rd year

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RB Clinton Portis, Redskins

Pros: He's still the starter in Washington's backfield. A reunion with head coach Mike Shanahan, his former leader with the Denver Broncos, could rejuvenate the soon-to-be 29-year-old. Even with some new running backs in town, Washington feels Portis, a marvelous pass blocker, should handle third-down plays. Portis has shown he can approach 40 catches in a season, and maybe his use on third downs could pad his reception total. Portis committed to getting in shape this offseason. Donovan McNabb's arrival under center opens up the offense and could give Portis more room to work. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will install a similar West Coast offense to what Washington had with their previous staff.

Cons: There's ample wear on Portis' legs. In '09, his ninth season, when he played just eight games before hitting Injured Reserve after Week 13 because of a concussion. Portis' yards-per-carry average hasn't topped 4.3 in years, not a promising pattern given his age and now crowded backfield. Larry Johnson and Willie Parker aren't inspiring but should also see work. Will any Washington back find many holes to run through? The O-line isn't comforting.

Fantasy tip: Portis is a desperation No. 3 back who's ideally suited as a No. 4; he's being drafted on average in the ninth round. Johnson and Parker are no winners, but they remain threats to Portis' carries. Don't blindly commit to the downside of his career when there probably will be other options with more profit opportunity available. 

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