Posts Tagged ‘Larry Johnson’

Washington Redskins should sign former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook as a 3rd down RB

May 19, 2010

The Redskins should sign former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook to fill the team’s greatest need – a third down running back. Westbrook, when healthy, is not only one of the best pass catching running backs in the NFL, he’s one of the best in NFL history.

Westbrook, who was cut by the Eagles in February, visited with the Redskins and the Denver Broncos last week, and the St. Louis Rams have also shown interest.

The Redskins already have three running backs in Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker who are, like Westbrook, close to 30 years old. But more importantly, they are primarily runners who aren’t nearly as adept at Westbrook at catching passes. Westbrook has 29 career receiving touchdowns. Johnson has six, and Portis and Parker have five each.

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Skins sign Larry Johnson – making the team slightly better?

March 16, 2010

I’m not thrilled with the Skins’ signing of running back Larry Johnson.  It’s not that he doesn’t have a lot left in the tank, it’s just that now we have two running backs in Johnson and Clinton Portis who are not only near 30, but more importantly are primarily runners who aren’t that adept at catching passes.

Let’s face it – the NFL is a passing league now and it helps a lot – in fact, it’s practically a must – that your running backs need to be excellent at catching passes out of the backfield.  (That is a cliche and redundant – where else are they going to catch passes from?)

Both players’ best years had them catching over 40 passes in a season.  Not much if you consider that’s about 2.5 per game.  Let’s hope the Redskins have plans to draft at least one running back who can catch the ball.  At least Portis can block.

I think the Skins should have gone after LaDanian Tomlinson who would have been more of a complement to Portis.  Or Brian Westbrook, who if healthy is still one of the best running backs in the NFL.  If you’re going to add another running back, why not Thomas Jones?  Because he’s better than Johnson?  That makes no sense.  You go for the best players.  Plus Johnson has a reputation as somewhat of a malcontent at times so that makes two with Portis.

The move improves the Redskins but I just think L.J. is too much like Portis.  Then again, you can’t have too many running backs and Shanahan likes to spread it around.  Now the Skins need some offensive linemen and a third down running back.