Concerns in the running game

Washington Redskins Larry Johnson is pushed out of bounds after gaining 4 yard against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on August 21, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn Photo via Newscom

Last week we learned that Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker would split starts. Tonight, Larry Johnson got the start.

We all knew that the addition of Johnson was intended to add power to the backfield, and improve in short yardage and goal line situations.

Unfortunately, Johnson didn’t show up.

More after the jump…

The Redskins fell behind, and engaged in a passing shootout with the Ravens, however the run game was not effective.

The leading rusher for the night was Clinton Portis, who didn’t start yet had more yards that Johnson.

On eight carries, Johnson amassed four yards his longest was four yards.  Many times, Johnson was met in the backfield by the Ravens defense.

Willie Parker made and appearance as well, and ran once for -1-yards.

Ryan Torain and Keiland Willaims, the darlings of last week, combined for three carries and sever yards.  Not very good.  Then again, the running game was abandoned in favor of the passing game.

Tags: Clinton Portis Keiland Williams Larry Johnson Ryan Torain Willie Parker