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Clinton Portis earns offseason praise, for once

Redskins running back Clinton Portis’ disdain for practicing is well documented.  He does not like the offseason program, and typically is averse to in-season practicing as well.  Portis also has admitted that he wasn’t a big fan of former Skins head coach Jim Zorn.

According to the Washington Post, Portis “was energized by the firing” of Zorn and subsequent hiring of old Denver pal Mike Shanahan.  Under Shanahan, Portis has reportedly turned over a new leaf.
People familiar with the tailback’s thinking tell the Post that Portis is “determined” to prove that he can be a 1,500-yard back again.  He is fully expected to beat out Larry Johnson and Willie Parker for the starting job after an offseason in which Portis “surprised many in the organization with his positive outlook and hard work.”
Portis has reportedly also shed weight, and is down to 217 after playing above 230 pounds last season.  
Trimming down, of course, won’t decrease the probability of Portis suffering more concussions.  Portis wasn’t medically cleared to resume practicing at minicamps until April.  He was placed on injured reserve last December.
Despite the Post‘s glowing praise, we’d hesitate to expect a rebound year from Portis.  He is coming off an injury-ruined season and ranks fourth among active running backs in career carries.  Consider him an extreme long shot to make it through 16 games.
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40 Responses to “Clinton Portis earns offseason praise, for once”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Jul 15, 2010 2:41 PM

    I have always hated Portis and his attitude but I can admit that he was a solid contributor. Last season even before his injury he was showing signs of slowing down. Even if he has suddenly decided to act like a professional and actually practice, I don’t see how he can hit 1000 yards in that backfield. Maybe combined the 3 of them can hit 1000 but thats about it.

  2. mama tried says: Jul 15, 2010 2:52 PM

    Portis is junk, old and used up!!
    He better help protect Donnie or the happless Danskins will be 4-12 AGAIN!!!!!!

  3. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jul 15, 2010 3:02 PM

    mama tried says:
    July 15, 2010 2:52 PM
    Portis is junk, old and used up!!
    He better help protect Donnie or the happless Danskins will be 4-12 AGAIN!!!!!!
    _________________________________
    one of if not THE best blocking RB in the game. bank on that chump.

  4. leevi says: Jul 15, 2010 3:03 PM

    Ya know the funny thing is…people forget things really quick when it comes to sports…..
    Portis gained weight when Gibbs came in because his offense uses power backs and Gibbs wanted Portis to beef up. That continued a bit under Zorn.
    NOW speaking of Zorn…When the media and fans talks about Zorn, they talk about how bad of a coach he was and how bad the offense was especially with Jason “hold the ball” Campbell was QB. Portis had two ok years under Zorn but not like he played under other coaches. So why does this not apply to CP? If the offense was bad and predictable and no passing game…how can you say Portis is washed up and can’t play any longer?
    think about that for a sec before you go and throw CP under the bus. especially with LJ and Parker on board sharing time…The load is not solely on him any longer so I highly disagree with the thought of him being washed up.
    Everybody is about to be surprised and will eat crow for sure. GO FOR IT CP!

  5. John El Way says: Jul 15, 2010 3:03 PM

    Portis is a cancer.

  6. longestlegs says: Jul 15, 2010 3:10 PM

    Portis’ attitude has always been fine. He’s an excellent back with a lead blocker, even if he has little vision and works off of one cut. Portis, when he’s healthy is one of the best in pass coverage, and is also a solid pass catcher. He just hasn’t been used right.
    Washington sports talk radio and Wasington fans in general are just the most pessimistic, negative fans I haver ever encountered.
    Its hard enough being a Redskins fan as it is without the naysayers. Excited for the season.
    Go Skins.

  7. longestlegs says: Jul 15, 2010 3:11 PM

    Portis is the opposite of a cancer. His teammates love him and hes great for moral. Dude just speaks his mind, and as a Skins fan I usually end up agreeing with him. Solid dude. Hope he breaks Riggins’ all time rushing record this season.

  8. leevi says: Jul 15, 2010 3:14 PM

    # John El Way says: July 15, 2010 3:03 PM
    Portis is a cancer.
    Interesting comment…he must be the first team cancer to ever carry his team on his back for a 5 game winning streak in 05 to give his team a playoff birth.
    Another note….I have seen many balme the offensive line for Campbell poor performance with the Skins. If this is true, why does this not apply to CP? he needs a healthy line to block right?
    Campbell was really horrible and did not scare defenses going down field so they stacked the box up front, especially in Zorns offense. With O line injuries, a bad QB and in an awful offense under Zorn, how is it that CP is washed up? Everyone played bad in Zorn’s offense!

  9. longestlegs says: Jul 15, 2010 3:26 PM

    Donovan’s numbers for 2009:
    TDS
    22
    INT
    10
    YDS
    3,553
    RTG
    92.9
    Jason Campbell’s numbers for 2009:
    TDS
    20
    INT
    15
    YDS
    3,618
    RTG
    86.4
    Campbell was always OK, but terrible at making decisions that count, especially when it came to winning games in the fourth quarter.
    MCNABB!!!!

  10. John El Way says: Jul 15, 2010 3:37 PM

    Hes so good they have 5 RBs on their team.

  11. sharkattack says: Jul 15, 2010 3:44 PM

    Portis is great. All of those wacky characters made me laugh many of times.
    I did not however know that he was a football player.
    Is he any good?

  12. DanSnyderSux says: Jul 15, 2010 3:46 PM

    Washington sports talk radio and Wasington fans in general are just the most pessimistic, negative fans I haver ever encountered.
    Its hard enough being a Redskins fan as it is without the naysayers.
    Yeah, it’s so hard to hear the truth. That stellar 4-12 season did wonders for this franchise and its Super Bowl trophy collection.

  13. Cmoney20 says: Jul 15, 2010 3:46 PM

    Quote from the Washington Times:
    “is expected to hold off fellow Pro Bowl backs Larry Johnson and Willie Parker for the starting job. Portis has surprised many in the organization with his positive outlook and hard work throughout the offseason program.”
    Quote from Profootballtalk.com quoting The Washington Times:
    “He is fully expected to beat out Larry Johnson and Willie Parker for the starting job after an offseason in which Portis “surprised many in the organization with his positive outlook and hard work.”
    Why do you have to add the word “fully”? Another shameless attempt to fabricate another media outlet to support your article. Sad.

  14. MagicMan407 says: Jul 15, 2010 3:52 PM

    John El Way-
    They need an insurance policy if Portis does go down again. The redskins had Betts, Cartwright and Gaither. I think adding a Larry Johnson and a Willie Parker over guys that the Redskins had last year makes a lot of sense. And if Portis is so bad maybe you should check his stats before trolling. Even last year he averaged 4 yards a carry with an injury riddled offensive line.

  15. DonTerrelli says: Jul 15, 2010 3:53 PM

    If Portis is so good, why do they have Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, and Ryan Torrian? Who else do they have?

  16. Cut Da Jokes says: Jul 15, 2010 3:57 PM

    John El Way says: Hes so good they have 5 RBs on their team.
    Are you serious?
    Every team has 5 RB’s on their team this time of year…

  17. PolegoJim says: Jul 15, 2010 3:59 PM

    After his Denver antics…. Portis has enjoyed all the success he deserves…..NONE
    Great for Morale???
    How about great for a championship….NOT.

  18. longestlegs says: Jul 15, 2010 4:03 PM

    [i]Washington sports talk radio and Wasington fans in general are just the most pessimistic, negative fans I haver ever encountered.
    Its hard enough being a Redskins fan as it is without the naysayers.
    Yeah, it’s so hard to hear the truth. That stellar 4-12 season did wonders for this franchise and its Super Bowl trophy collection.[/i]
    Not my point in the least.
    Its possible to remain objective and informative without constantly focusing on every negative aspect, all the time.
    I listen to 1570 in Baltimore if I want to hear people who know what they’re talking about.

  19. TampaBayBucs6and10 says: Jul 15, 2010 4:07 PM

    BigMikeSkinsFan wow dude. wow.

  20. longestlegs says: Jul 15, 2010 4:07 PM

    Oooops
    I meant 105.7, the Fan
    lolzz

  21. rickvaldez says: Jul 15, 2010 4:15 PM

    Its amazing the idiots that come on here just to say Portis sucks and Hes a bum. Do you morons watch football?? I expect it from Dallas fans they cant help their retarded.

  22. longestlegs says: Jul 15, 2010 4:26 PM

    He is definitely one of the best backs in protection. Nothing to wow about really, just fact.

  23. rjgreen3 says: Jul 15, 2010 4:34 PM

    clinton protis isn’t anygood, wasn’t anygood and never will be anygood. he is a sorry excuse for a human being.

  24. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jul 15, 2010 4:40 PM

    TampaBayBucs6and10 says:
    July 15, 2010 4:07 PM
    BigMikeSkinsFan wow dude. wow.
    ______________________________
    nothing to offer the convo, eh? typical. nothing i have said is wrong and a real football fan should know above anyone else how well Portis blocks in the backfield.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dagF3Xoyq3Q

  25. bigrig says: Jul 15, 2010 5:08 PM

    Redskins already tried this “Over the hill gang” stuff back in the ’70’s with George Allen.
    1500 yards? Portis will be lucky to sniff half that.

  26. Cmoney20 says: Jul 15, 2010 5:12 PM

    Hahaha because “one of if not THE best blocking RB in the game. bank on that chump.” is adding a ton to the conversation. Your a good kid, just a little on the weird side.

  27. bigrig says: Jul 15, 2010 5:25 PM

    Bro Sweets is a good character. Sheriff gonnagetcha isn’t bad either.
    But the funniest one is when he puts on that hideous colored football jersey #26 and pretends to be a running back. Classic comedy.
    How ’bout dem COWBOYS!!

  28. jdubs says: Jul 15, 2010 5:25 PM

    rickvaldez says:
    July 15, 2010 4:15 PM
    Its amazing the idiots that come on here just to say Portis sucks and Hes a bum. Do you morons watch football?? I expect it from Dallas fans they cant help their retarded.
    ———————————————-
    Yep, were retarded. Or wait, is it we’re retarded. Spelling is so difficult.
    Friendly piece of advice, if you’re going to call someone retarded, it would help your cause if you weren’t!

  29. CH³NO² says: Jul 15, 2010 5:32 PM

    Beating out Johnson and Parker?
    That’s setting the bar pretty low don’t you think?

  30. bigrig says: Jul 15, 2010 5:37 PM

    @BigMikeSkinsFan
    Since the O-line can’t block, I guess it’s a good thing the rb can.

  31. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jul 15, 2010 6:33 PM

    bigrig says:
    July 15, 2010 5:37 PM
    @BigMikeSkinsFan
    Since the O-line can’t block, I guess it’s a good thing the rb can.
    _______________________________
    yeah, not like he is picking up the blitz. has to be just that the OL sucks.
    and Cowbum fan, worry about your fragile Marion the Librarian and not Portis. Portis pockets straight.

  32. Buck Stallion says: Jul 15, 2010 7:00 PM

    He’s good in protection. The problem is when he’s handed the ball. He leans so far forward that he falls down after very little or no contact.
    After he went down last year the bench warmer backs the Skins put in looked like Barry Sanders compared to him.
    & how exactly were those costumes & his comments funny?

  33. bigrig says: Jul 15, 2010 7:12 PM

    @BigMikeSkinsFan
    Marion the Librarian, that’s a good one. If you don’t have a nickname for Felix Jones yet, you better get one since you’re going to really be hating him after week one.
    Do you realize the ‘skins are already 0-1? Check their schedule if you don’t believe me. First game: DALLAS, yep ‘skins 0-1.

  34. efangule says: Jul 15, 2010 7:24 PM

    Hahahahha a 1-7boys fan trying to make fun of Redskins fans. Now THAT is classic. Next they’ll try to figure out how to read a map so that they can actually visit Dallas once in their lives.
    Have fun continuing to be irrelevant in the playoffs!

  35. Beast Of The East says: Jul 15, 2010 7:41 PM

    @bigrig
    Your a Cowboys fan with the name bigrig? That is priceless. John Riggins was one of the best Redskins running backs there was who used to mow over the Cowboys but yet you still chose to use the screen name bigrig? Interesting….. You must still be in the closest.

  36. Beast Of The East says: Jul 15, 2010 7:46 PM

    mamatried- tried what? to bring you up right? should be mamafailedmiserably.

  37. flavordave says: Jul 15, 2010 7:57 PM

    @Longestlegs. Are you delusional? McNabb dies in the 4th QTR he loves to win and doesnt hate to lose. He’ll smile and giggle and call inappropriate timeouts. Youll see. He’ll throw the ball at the recievers feet and point to his chest and smile. I cant believe if youre a Skin that you havent already seen it. He’ll win some games and put up hollow numbers.

  38. bigrig says: Jul 15, 2010 8:00 PM

    @Whatdiga & Beast of the East
    Bigrig is because that’s what I do to make a buck.
    It’s my screen name for everything.
    Yeah, been a Cowboy fan since 1966. And I don’t need to read a map anymore. Can get around this ‘ol USA in my sleep.
    But, if I told you I was a distant relative of the diesel, would you believe me?

  39. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jul 15, 2010 8:48 PM

    bigrig says:
    July 15, 2010 7:12 PM
    @BigMikeSkinsFan
    Marion the Librarian, that’s a good one. If you don’t have a nickname for Felix Jones yet, you better get one since you’re going to really be hating him after week one.
    Do you realize the ‘skins are already 0-1? Check their schedule if you don’t believe me. First game: DALLAS, yep ‘skins 0-1.
    _______________________________
    Jones hasnt been on the field even one full season yet. He doesnt deserve a nickname. At Least The Librarian tries to run against us. Felix just tries that sweep shit and gets his ankles broke.
    0-1 huh? kind of like how Zorn is 0-1 in Dallass too, right? Oh wait, hes the ONLY undefeated head coach in Texass Stadium (aka the toilet bowl) EVER!! hahaha
    and nobody would believe you were related to Riggo because he wouldnt claim a Cowturd fan. Come on man!! Its smack talkin time!!

  40. Gray Eagle says: Jul 16, 2010 1:07 AM

    None of us commenting on this list really know what Shanahan has in mind for Portis – – power runner, blocker, pass-catcher, all three, none of the above, some of the above.
    The fact the Shanahan still has him as #1 in the mix tells me that Portis has improved over last year. How much? Only the first seven or eight regular season games will tell.
    I’m willing to wait to offer an opinion until I see some real stats against real teams. Otherwise, I’d just be spouting noise for noise’s sake.

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