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Need to Know: The Redskins’ five top running backs of the last 20 years

Feb 11, 2014, 4:57 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 11, eight days before the NFL Combine.

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Here are the Redskins’ five leading rushers in the last 20 years (1994-2013):

1. Clinton Portis (2004-2010) 6,842—Although he probably wasn’t worth Champ Bailey and a second-round pick he still gave Redskins fans some thrills. You have to think that some of the collisions he had with defenders in pass protection shortened his career.

2. Stephen Davis (1996-2002) 5,790—Davis played some fullback just to get some time on the field in his first few seasons. He had to compete for the starting job before the 1999 season and he was the underdog to beat out Skip Hicks. But Davis won the job and had a great season, gaining 1,400 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns.

3. Terry Allen (1995-1998) 4,086—Expectations were low when the Redskins signed Allen off other scrap heap after multiple knee injuries had derailed his career in Minnesota. The Redskins got back-to-back seasons of 1,300+ rushing yards and, in 1996, 21 rushing touchdowns.

4. Ladell Betts (2002-2009) 3,176—This is probably the guy you didn’t guess was on the list before you looked. He compiled his yardage a few hundred per season with the exception of 2006, when he gaines 1,154 yards in place an injured Portis.

5. Alfred Morris (2012-2013) 2,888—He’s already in that category of backs where gaining over 1,200 yards is considered an “off” season.

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Timeline

—It’s been 44 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 208 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 8; NFL Free agency starts 28; Offseason workouts start 55; NFL Draft 86

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  1. pkevinenns - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Rich, I agree about Clinton Portis’ price going into 2004. I liked him as a player and character (never a dull moment when he was interviewed) but I thought we had reached too far letting go of Bailey and the 2nd round pick too.

    I still remember Terry Allen getting his shoe laces tied by one of the coaches and Madden commenting that you know you’re someone special when they do that for you. It was thrilling watching him carry the mail those years for us.

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