As teams await the decision of Brian Westbrook, it has been said Willie Parker has not quite fit in.
Clinton Portis is the starter going into training camp and the Redskins guaranteed almost all of his 2010 salary. He’s unlikely to go anywhere. That leaves Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. Based on a few admittedly way-too-early reviews, Parker may be in more trouble.
“To a few observers at minicamp it looked like Willie Parker did not have much burst in his game,” Rich Tandler of Comcast Sports Net Washington observed.
We think Parker faces the longest odds of the three veterans to make the team because he’s not a natural fit on passing downs or in short yardage situations. Without that burst, he could slip straight out of the league.
Parker played in a physical Pittsburgh style offense. Hard nose running plays were what that team was known for. It may have taken a toll on his body, much of the same way it has on Portis. Considering Parker signed here, believing that it was a true position competition, his name hasn’t been called very much. As a matter of fact, mention of him has been very limited.
Brian Westbrook brings a pass catching ability out of the backfield that the Skins so badly want and need. Should he have fully healed from his concussion plagued 2009 season, he would likely still have plenty in the tank. Parker cannot quite offer that and if the first two back positions are solidified, he may be the odd man out.