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Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

Posted on: October 14, 2008 12:56 pm
My sources in Washington tell me that running back Shaun Alexander looked good in this morning's workout and, if he passes the physical, will be signed by the club. Alexander showed up in good shape and did enough that club officials recommended adding him. He is expected to be paid the league minimum, and will serve as a backup to Clinton Portis -- in effect, taking the spot of Ladell Betts, who will be out 3-4 weeks.
Category: NFL

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:49 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

Some good points already made.  The one that is missing is (as a Seahawks fan), what happened as soon as Steve Hutchinson left to Minnesota?  Good 'ol Shaun Alexander stats went right down the gutter comparable to the previous seasons.  Injuries you say?  While Portis missed SOME games in '06, Alexander had a constant foot fracture/wrist problem.  The reason the Seahawks threw the ball so much last year?  Alexander no longer had the dominent left side to run through, and, he lacked any kind of commitment in his running style.  If he felt a a hand on him, the man took a dive.  In my opinion, his career might have actually started its decline when he took his first real solid hit in the "05  playoffs against Carolina.  He left the game with a minor concussion and never returned to form after that.  As far as other things like learning the offense, he'll be fine as it's the same type of west coast scheme that he was used to in Seattle.  As far as playing time.......I expect he'll get little if any.  He was signed as a backup that Zorn wouldnt have to teach the offense to for the league minimum.  Really not a big deal, and Betts job as the #2 should be safe.  Good luck with the remainder of the season "Skins fans, because as a "Hawks fan, it's going to take a miracle to turn ours around.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:41 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

Good to see Shaun find work, classy and hard-working guy with a perma-smile on his face.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:29 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

Seriously ?  This guy was cut because he was soft and tried to avoid hits.  Not exactly the guy you want near the goal line.  Unless he suddenly finds a desire to initiate contact again, then this is a waste of a roster spot.

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:27 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

     Last I checked the Cowgirl wished they got to him first. Second with Marion being shut down by the Skins. Dallas fans should be worried about having another QB and running back since their down to a 40 year old that was the Redskins left overs and since their Rookie so called star blew his hammy. Should be looking for a trade. last I checked the Redskins are second in rushing in the NFL. So what risk , What to move up to first in the NFL. And it cost the Redskins nothing. Stop hating Dallas Fans.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:23 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

Wow, the ignorance here is scary!  First of all, the Skins don't have a platoon, nor do they have thunder and lightning.  They have a traditional feature tailback by the name of Portis.   Don't believe me?  Look at the NFL rushing stats.  Alexander isn't being brought in to share the backfield, or spell him on third downs.  He's being brought in as a BACK UP. 

Secondly, on Portis' so-called injuries...ummm just check the stats, I guess.  I don't even know how to respond to that.  Other than a freak injury during the 2006 preseason that lasted several weeks, he hasn't missed a snap.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:10 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him


Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:06 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

As a seahawk fan and a Shaun Alexander fan, I can not believe it has taking a team this long to at least offer him a contract though I do understand he is a liability in the pass game and in pass protection making him one dimensional. That being said, he always had a nose for the goalline and never ever ran soft in the redzone.

I think the move is a good one for both the Redskins and Jim Zorn who will be comfortable handing the ball off to SA between 5 and 10 times a game to spell Portis (Remember Rock Cartwright has only 8 touches from a run play and no touches from a pass play in the last 2 and a half seasons). He also has a bunch of playoff experience which could only help the team. Maybe he latches on for the whole year and maybe not, but he will have an NFL wide tryout over the next couple of weeks, so maybe he could earn back some of the respect lost from his injury seasons and get a chance to at least get the 570+ yards to put him over the 10,000 career mark.

I will be rooting for #37 (I am sure he can buy the number from Reed Doughtry) and hope he performs well in the limited time he has!!!!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:59 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

Why?  Because the NFL has become a 2-back league.  Why?  because most running backs careers were over by 32 years old.  Here's a proven commodity that can give Portis a break and continue to allow the Skins to run between the tackles.  And at close to the leagu minimum I have no problem with the move.  I would have questioned it if they were in a bidding war with another team, but at this rate, the "WHY" is why not?

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:56 pm

Alexander passes test; Skins to add him

It just dawned on me that Marcus Mason is on the Ravens practice squad so if they sign him, he would have to be on the active roster for the rest of the year.  Maybe they don't want to make that commitment with the need for depth on their team.  Betts will only be out a short while so from that angle, it does make sense.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:50 pm


They got Clinton Portis.  Why dont players go to teams that really need them?  From each according to his ability, to each according to his need is how it should be.  Oh well, at least he's not going to the Patriots.

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