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Willie Parker off to slow start with Redskins

The Redskins want Brian Westbrook, which makes us wonder what running back on the roster they don’t want.

Clinton Portis is the starter going into training camp and the Redskins guaranteed almost all of his 2010 salary. He’s unlikely to go anywhere.  That leaves Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.  Based on a few admittedly way-too-early reviews, Parker may be in more trouble.

“To a few observers at minicamp it looked like Willie Parker did not have much burst in his game,” Rich Tandler of Comcast Sports Net Washington observed. 

We think Parker faces the longest odds of the three veterans to make the team because he’s not a natural fit on passing downs or in short yardage situations.  Without that burst, he could slip straight out of the league.

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20 Responses to “Willie Parker off to slow start with Redskins”
  1. seaner44 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:12 PM

    Fast Willie Parker becomes Fat Willie Parker

  2. robert ethen says: Jun 2, 2010 11:16 PM

    Yeah, “Moderate Speed” Willie Parker doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

  3. RedLeg15 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:26 PM

    Good news for Parker. The UFL expanded. They will need more bodies. I don’t know if he got a degree from UNC but if he still need a paycheck there is another option.

  4. robert ethen says: Jun 2, 2010 11:37 PM

    All the wind sprints Willie didn’t do in the off season is the equivalent of running all the way from Washington to Omaha.

  5. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jun 2, 2010 11:39 PM

    Wait until week four Willie – Steelers always lose a running back to injury about then – they’ll pick you right back up

  6. Hans says: Jun 2, 2010 11:48 PM

    Willie Parker may be “done”, but he will always be Fast Willie Parker to me.
    For those who may not know, Fast Willie was not even drafted when he came out of UNC in 2004. He rarely played in his rookie season, but over the next three seasons, FWP averaged 1,337 rushing yards.
    Willie’s game was reliant on speed, and clearly he has lost a step or two. That being said, he deserves some respect for putting together three consecutive seasons (1,202 yds., 1,494 yds., 1,316 yds.). I’m not going to do the legwork on the stats, but I’m pretty confident that there haven’t been more than 15 or 20 NFL backs who ever put together 3 consecutive seasons with that many rushing yards.
    If it is indeed over, then I say “Thanks for the memories Fast Willie Parker…”

  7. bmorefan says: Jun 2, 2010 11:54 PM

    Willie Parker either runs left or to the right. He’s too scared to run up the middle. He’s to predictable!
    That’s what the Ravens D can do to a Running Back. They get scuuureddd to run the middle!

  8. FumbleNuts says: Jun 3, 2010 12:03 AM

    “Willie Parker did not have much burst in his game.”
    This guy should be working with a “speed coach.”

  9. Dustin Chandler says: Jun 3, 2010 12:05 AM

    Slick Willie

    Big Willie?
    LOL

  10. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jun 3, 2010 12:20 AM

    “to a few observers”
    hahahha..once again TMZ..I mean PFT you have outdone yourself with your research.
    Not saying that Parker isnt slow but could you try to at least have the decency to either name the source or look at it yourself?

  11. stiller43 says: Jun 3, 2010 12:29 AM

    Umm…any Steeler fan could have told you this 2 years ago.
    I absolutely wish him the best, but he’s done as an effective RB.

  12. kristoff says: Jun 3, 2010 1:14 AM

    why so much hatred on the respose page? is it just to make your own miserble lives seem so much better 2 watch someone else fail? LOL

  13. The Black Cat says: Jun 3, 2010 3:55 AM

    I am confident in Larry Johnson’s ability to be a bust, and Clinton Portis is washed up. Willie wins!

  14. READINGRUGBY says: Jun 3, 2010 4:22 AM

    mcnabb and westbrook thats crazy! that was 95% of phillys tm the past decade. mcnabbs still a top 10 qb and if west can give u half of what he gave us sign his ass! hes still got some left just gotta protect himself somemore

  15. DirtDawg55 says: Jun 3, 2010 7:05 AM

    Anyone who has watched the last two years knows Fast Willie Parker has little burst left.
    Can’t catch, can’t block, can’t hit the line hard and grind out tough yards. Not even all that elusive. But he was fast. Was being the operative word.

  16. OranjelloJones says: Jun 3, 2010 7:44 AM

    # BigMikeSkinsFan says: June 3, 2010 12:20 AM
    “to a few observers”
    “hahahha..once again TMZ..I mean PFT you have outdone yourself with your research.
    Not saying that Parker isnt slow but could you try to at least have the decency to either name the source or look at it yourself?”
    READING is fundamental Einstein. It was a direct quote from Rich Tandler. If as a Skins fan you don’t know who Rich is then just shut your pie hole around here will ya? You make the rest of us look bad just by association.
    Here’s the whole paragraph of what he said….
    “Speaking of lost steps, to a few observers at minicamp it looked like Willie Parker did not have much burst in his game. He probably looks a lot like he did the last two years in Pittsburgh when he averaged 3.8 yards a carry. Since Parker is not a power runner by any means, and since he doesn’t play special teams, it’s difficult to envision him sticking around unless he, literally, gets back up to speed.”

  17. Big Tex says: Jun 3, 2010 7:59 AM

    Wait just a minute. Are you telling me that a guy who slid from 1316 yards to 791 yards and then 389 yards might be on a downhill trend? WOW! Who could have seen this coming?
    @Hans
    “I’m not going to do the legwork on the stats” Classic post, dude. Opinions are always more important than facts to back them up, right?

  18. Otm Shank says: Jun 3, 2010 8:26 AM

    @ bmorefan
    “Willie Parker either runs left or to the right. He’s too scared to run up the middle. He’s to predictable!
    That’s what the Ravens D can do to a Running Back. They get scuuureddd to run the middle!”
    Because they’re afraid they might get stabbed.

  19. Black QB White RB says: Jun 3, 2010 8:32 AM

    He was really good, but like most RB’s in the NFL, 3-4 good years is about it. Ickie Woods, anyone? George Rogers? Bam Morris? on and on….no big surprise here.
    Sounds like a story to keep Westbrook’s interest in Washington going……

  20. madmike77 says: Jun 3, 2010 9:18 AM

    I have many fond memories of Willie in his early years, but it’s not any secret that he’s not the same back he used to be.
    The Steelers line wasn’t great last year, but you could see a huge difference once Mendenhall was inserted over Parker.

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