Roundup: Skins RB Betts closing in on job

The Washington Post is reporting that Redskins RB Ladell Betts has been told by coaches that he will play more this season, in an attempt to decrease the workload of Clinton Portis. Betts will likely be the team’s third-down back. A position he is not taking for granted.

    “This is training camp, and anything can happen, so I’m not taking my job lightly, like it’s just mine,” Betts said last week. “But I approach it as if it’s mine, and I prepare myself to be the starter. I have been told that hopefully I’ll be able to play more, third-down situations. We’ll see.”

Offensive coordinator Sherman Smith believes that Betts has the talent to be a very effective third-down back.

    “He was a second-round draft pick for a reason,” offensive coordinator Sherman Smith said. “He can play. I think he deserves to play. I think we need him to play. No team is doing it in this league with one guy. You got to have two guys for sure.”

Other news from around the Web on a Monday.

  • Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson was absent for a third consecutive practice as he continues to rehab from a Grade 1 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
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