Former Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson is already slated to compete with Clinton Portis and Willie Parker for playing time with the Redskins. Now he may be pushed off the roster by a player new QB Donovan McNabb is familiar with.
The Washington Redskins have scheduled a Wednesday workout for running back Brian Westbrook, the top weapon of McNabb for much of the past eight seasons according to multiple reports. Westbrook was let go by the Eagles shortly after the 2009 season, one in which he suffered multiple concussions, the first against the Redskins.
Only Portis has any type of experience in the West Coast Offense, which head coach Mike Shanahan will tailor to the skills of McNabb.
Westbrook has extensive knowledge of the WCO having played in it the past eight seasons.
If Westbrook is over his concussion issues the Redskins would have another dynamic weapon who knows how to attack the Eagles.
Westbrook attended DeMatha High and grew up a Redskins fan. His brother Byron, is a cornerback with the Redskins.
Things not looking so hot for LJ in Washington. It’s one thing for him to hang around as Clinton Portis’ backup by beating out Willie Parker or even being a part of a three-man attack. But does anyone really think he can beat out a healthy Westbrook?
The key word is “healthy” as the Redskins will be weary about having two of their three veteran running backs coming back from a concussion.
On the surface, though, it looks like a match made in heaven. There are few players that McNabb has a better relationship on the field with and Washington will no doubt do all they can to make their quarterback feel comfortable with his new surroundings. Just add in that he is a local guy with a family member on the team and it looks a lot like he is a lock for the roster if he is ready to play.