One player I’m very intrigued by right now is Ryan Torain in Washington.
Mike Shanahan has always been able to find quality running backs. Always. Whether it was drafting Terrell Davis in the seventh round, finding Mike Anderson in the Marines, drafting Clinton Portis or drafting Peyton Hillis in the seventh round, Shanahan has always had a great eye. He’s responsible for four starting running backs in the NFL right now.
Watching Torain, I couldn’t help but notice his first carry of the season two weeks ago against the Rams went for 36 yards. His first carry last week went 12 yards for a touchdown as he trucked Eagles strong safety Quintin Mikell.
Torain has that one-step quickness and vision a back has to have in order to run in Shanahan’s offense. If there’s one thing that Shanahan wants to do, more than anything else, it’s run the ball. It sets up everything he does in the play-action passing game.
With Portis out, Torain has a chance to be that “next” guy for the Redskins, like Anderson, Olandis Gary, Tatum Bell or Ruben Droughns were in Denver.
Looking at this week, Torain will be facing a defense in Green Bay that’s far from a shut-down run defense right now. I’m not saying Torain is going to Wally-Pipp Portis, but one way or the other, he has a fantastic opportunity right now under Shanahan.
— Brian Baldinger
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