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Mattyk 06-05-2008 11:55 AM

ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
[B]9. [URL="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5937"][COLOR=#000000]Clinton Portis[/COLOR][/URL], [URL="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=was"][COLOR=#000000]Washington Redskins[/COLOR][/URL][/B]
[B]Watch[/B]: [URL="http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80834d02"][COLOR=#000000]Portis highlights[/COLOR][/URL]
[B]Superpower[/B] -- Portis is simply impressive in terms of production. He is near the top of the league every year and is a tough player who will fight through bumps and bruises. He attacks the line of scrimmage and can make the first defender miss in the hole. He does not have elite size but knows how to finish his runs.
[B]Kryptonite[/B] -- He puts the ball on the ground too often and at times does so in critical situations. He can be aloof when he needs to take care of the ball, dropping easy passes to kill drives and missing blocks in pass protection. He has great physical tools but at times seems to check out mentally.

Full list: [url=http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=3422768&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d3422768]ESPN - LT the clear choice as the best back in the NFL - NFL[/url]

BleedBurgundy 06-05-2008 12:23 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
Not sure where the pass blocking criticism comes from. He's been pretty well regarded in that area throughout the league.

Monkeydad 06-05-2008 12:33 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
9th? Bag of crap.

Missing blocks? Truck of crap.

MonkFan4Life 06-05-2008 12:37 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
"missing blocks in pass protection" ???

Word ? Word ????


I need to get some what he's tokin because it has got to be that FIRE !!!!!

redsk1 06-05-2008 01:04 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
CP has to be one of if not the best blocking RB in the league. Someone didn't do there homework.

TheMalcolmConnection 06-05-2008 01:06 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
And Barber ABOVE him?! Give me a break.

Schneed10 06-05-2008 01:12 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
Well, the author of that one just ruined his credibility entirely. Missing blocks in pass protection? Now you're just making shit up.

over the mountain 06-05-2008 01:25 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
^^^ obviously a back without break away speed or history of consistently putting up 1200 plus yard seasons but does fall forward upon contact is better than a back who can make the first guy miss in the hole and has repeatedly put up 1200 yard seasons.

besides who actually pays attention to a back who lunges thru the air to lay out oncoming linebackers and linemen? (obviously not the writers for espn)

go skins!

irish 06-05-2008 02:25 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
9th seems a bit low to me. He could be up a few slots but not into the top 5.

That Guy 06-05-2008 02:27 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
not a terrible list actually, but addai and barber are too high and johnson's run only lasted 2 years till his OL fell apart and he looked... not so great. he's also 28 now with 2 good years vs portis who's 26 with 5.

so, i'd move portis up to 5 myself, mainly based on track record and production.

Mattyk 06-05-2008 02:32 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
I would put Portis at #6.

sandtrapjack 06-05-2008 03:27 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
Adrian Peterson at #2 struck a nerver in me. Yeah he had a great rookie season, but lets see if he gets bitten by the "sophomore slump" before we rank him at #2 in the league.

BleedBurgundy 06-05-2008 04:01 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
@ stj: Agreed, let's see A.P. maintain that for a few years before we "crown his ass..."

This does look like something put together based solely on FF numbers.

redskinsfanatic 06-05-2008 04:47 PM

Re: ESPN: Best backs in the league
 
portis is one hell of a running back,no matter what anybody says.he's going back to play in a system he starred in denver,hopefully he'll put up better numbers,stay uninjured,and
make the pro bowl this year.


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