GAUGING THE REDSKINS

Running Backs

On the plus side, Clinton Portis (right) has more than 9,000 rushing yards, and he's only 28 years old. However, he's a seasoned 28 with a lot of NFL mileage on those legs. Portis was only 20 when he was drafted in 2002 and has more than 2,000 carries. His average yards per carry is more than a full yard below his first two seasons in the league (last year his longest run was 31 yards), and his receptions total fell from 47 catches in 2007 to 28 last season. Still, Portis is the team's most consistent cog and can wreak the most damage. Regardless of how the line fares, with fullback Mike Sellers in front of him, Portis should have some room to again create plays. Sellers was selected to the Pro Bowl last season because of his blocking ability, not because of flashy numbers. After scoring eight touchdowns in 2005, he's had five in the past three seasons combined. The Redskins like eighth-year back Ladell Betts but would like to also use a speed back in certain situations.

Redskins running back Clinton Portis

(By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)