RB Clinton Portis is the Redskins’ first-string running back at this point, but RB Larry Johnson worked with the first-string offense in goal-line drills today. I expect Johnson to be the Redskins’ leading option in such situations.
The more I watch Johnson, the more I’m convinced he’ll be the “2” in the 1-2 punch with Portis. He shows the patience needed to be a successful runner in a zone-blocking scheme. He also runs hard inside the tackles and seems better suited than Portis to absorb the punishment in the trenches.
Johnson may have value in scoring leagues, if his role is going to be to run in the trenches. But really, the whole Washington RB situation seems to be one to shy away from.