The Redskins’ game against the Jets on Friday night was intended to be the “showcase” game for veteran Willie Parker, his opportunity to start and get more involved in the backfield competition with Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson.
Through the first half, though, it’s been less show and more case for Parker.
Parker has had a nondescript game, rushing for 16 yards on eight attempts. The Redskins have struggled overall on the ground against the Jets, totaling 22 yards on 12 attempts. So, it’s not just Parker. Keiland Williams got a few snaps, including a 22-yard reception.
Portis and Johnson had similar opportunities to start in the Redskins’ first two games. Johnson did start the second half against the Jets, along with the second-team offense for the Redskins.
Recent reports suggested Parker, along with Johnson, was in danger of not making the final roster, and Friday’s performance probably didn’t do anything to change that. The Redskins’ backfield competition continues to be an area of intrigue.