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Parker already battling

Safety LaRon Landry says trade rumors didn't break his spirit or his dedication to the Redskins.
Safety LaRon Landry says trade rumors didn't break his spirit or his dedication to the Redskins. (John Mcdonnell/the Washington Post)
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When running back Willie Parker entered the NFL in 2004, the Pittsburgh Steelers' backfield included Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. What Parker described as a "no-win" situation later resulted in Parker emerging as 1,000-yard rusher in his second season and as a Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2007.

Parker drew from this experience when deciding to sign with the Redskins during the offseason. He will compete with former Pro Bowlers Larry Johnson and Clinton Portis for playing time.

"I look at the other guys, tied in their history along with mine, and made the best decision and chose to be a Redskin," said Parker, who met with reporters Sunday for the first time since signing.

Of the three running backs, Parker has the fewest career carries with 1,253. But his 4.3 yards per carry is the lowest average among the running backs.

"Me, L.J. and C.P., we definitely out here battling and it's just minicamp," Parker said. "The second minicamp [May 7-9], I expect to take it a little higher and the third minicamp [the mandatory one June 16-18] take it a little higher, and training camp, just going out to get it. It's definitely a competition that's setting a high standard right now."

Porter tries to land a job

At least three wide receivers took part in the three-day camp as a tryout for a permanent position, including Jerry Porter, a former second-round draft pick and nine-year veteran.

"There's a lot of talent around here," Porter said. "I've seen the offense from afar before. It's definitely an offense I'd like to be a part of."

Porter was drafted by the Raiders in 2000 when General Manager Bruce Allen was in the Oakland front office. He had nearly 4,000 receiving yards there from 2000 to '07.

Porter is a Washington native who attended Coolidge High and played at West Virginia. He said he's not certain what the Redskins' plans are for him.

"I don't know," he said. "I have no clue."

-- Jason Reid, Rick Maese and Zach Berman

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