Washington Redskins Promote Ryan Torain To Starting Running Back

October 9, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When he was hired as head coach shortly after the end of the 2009-2010 season, Mike Shanahan was supposed to bring his patented zone running scheme to the Washington Redskins and revitalize Clinton Portis and benefit from a supposedly rejuvenated Larry Johnson. After four weeks, Portis is out with an injury, Johnson isn't on the roster anymore and the Redskins are averaging a paltry 98 yards on the ground.
Enter Ryan Torain and the beginning of a new chapter in Washington's rushing offense.
As far back as training camp, many fans were pegging Torain as the future for the Redskins backfield under the Shanahan offensive scheme. After a fair preseason showing, Torain landed on the practice squad and Keiland Williams was on the 53-man roster. Cue Johnson's exit and Portis' injury and Torain now finds himself as the Redskins starter heading into their meeting with Green Bay.
The Packers are ranked 24th in the NFL in rush defense and giving up 5.2 yards per carry, but have onl...

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