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Clinton Portis labels Redskins RBs best in NFL

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (32) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, in Landover, Md. The surprising success by such low-profile rushers as Jay Ajayi, Jordan Howard, Robert Kelley and Tim Hightower speaks to the challenge of evaluating running backs _ and the high injury rate at the position. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File

Clinton Portis took handoffs for the Washington Redskins for seven seasons; it’s only right to get that out of the way before diving into what the former running back had to say during Thursday’s Redskins-Ravens preseason clash.

And it’s a bold, bold claim with perhaps a dash of bias.

“It’s only right that I talk about the running back position,” Portis said on the team’s Thursday night television broadcast, per The Washington Post. “We have guys that’s proven; I mean, probably the best group in the NFL when you look at Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, Matt Jones and then you go out and you get Samaje Perine. This guy can really play. Mack Brown also.”

While Portis acknowledged that the running back hoard in Washington was “proven,” it should be countered with the fact that among Kelley, Thompson, Jones, Perine and Brown, no tailback is over the age of 26.

The four tailbacks sans the rookie Perine have combined for 2,320 career rushing yards; Adrian Peterson nearly surpassed that number in 2012 alone. No current Washington running back has 1,000 yards for his career yet.

The Washington Redskins running back stable struggled during the team’s first preseason game en route to just 39 yards on 18 combined carries.

Portis surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground in four seasons with the Redskins, earning a Pro Bowl bid in 2008; he was pretty darn good in his prime.



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