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Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 2:36 pm
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Torain was buried on the depth chart and Washington decided to move on without him. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Ryan Torain started just four games for the Redskins this season and averaged 3.4 yards a carry. And on Tuesday, the team released him, according to ESPN 980's Chris Russell.

Torain struggled with injuries and competition in Washington; rookie Roy Helu emerged as a legitimate NFL starter (147 carries, 635 yards in 14 games) after Tim Hightower went down with a season-ending knee injury in October, and Evan Royster was impressive against the Vikings last Saturday (19 carries, 132 yards).

Torain took the news about like you'd expect.

"It's a business," he said according to Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen. "This is how it goes. It's ugly."

Torain was originally a fifth-round pick of the Broncos in the 2008 draft, and arrived in Washington prior to the 2010 season. In Week 4, Torain had his best game as a member of the Redskins, rushing for 135 yards on 19 carries against the Rams.

“It was a very emotional game for me just wanting to get out there and play,” he said at the time. “I just wanted to give it my all.”

Head coach Mike Shanahan added: “He looked like he was [playing] at a different level. Like he was possessed, breaking tackles and making plays.”

On Monday, Shanahan noted that the Redskins had plenty of depth at running back, praising Royster's effort against the Vikings. But he also seemed confused by Torain's struggles. Which explains why, a day later, the team decided to move on without him.

Washington heads into the offseason with plenty of questions but Shanahan sees reason for optimism as he concludes his second season as the 'Skins' head coach.

“Oh yeah, [progress has taken] a lot longer than I first anticipated,” he said. “We had less depth than I thought. We were a little bit older at a few different positions and I thought we might keep those players a little bit longer than we did.”

But Shanahan added that he sees a big difference in this team when compared to two years ago, with improved youth and depth among the biggest changes. Next up: a solid free agency and draft. (And who knows, maybe this guy is in Washington's future.)

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toofhooting
Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:19 am
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Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:24 am
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

DEMAN55

I dont think thats what the Skins were going for. Trading up would mean costing them picks the following years and every Skins fan knows that  has been an issue for the past 804235985 years. Snyder wanted to play real life fantasy football and now the team is looking like the Cowboys in the 80's. You have to admit, there is some change going in DC. You can kind of see it but the skins just don't have the right personnel. The defense is able to hold the other teams offense but if they can't score on offense, it's a losing battle. 



 WHEN IS FLETCHER GOING TO GET THE RESPECT HE DESERVES????????????????


 HTTR



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

DEMAN55,

you are missing the point, you trade up to get locker, then what? you are still a 6-10 or 5-11 team. No, Kerrigan, then where do you get his sacks or defense production? Kerrigan had a very good season for a Rookie, you can't assume that you would have had the same production from another player. But having a Rookie QB jake locker would have made the skins super bowl contenders,right? 



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

Have you Ever Heard of "TRADING UP" in the Draft to get the Pick You Need For Your Team?
Is anybody here going to disagree that the Redskins were a helluva lot more than one or two players from being a well-stocked team?  Assuming that nobody argues with that point, what would it have done for the Redskins to trade away multiple picks and players just to move up and get Jake Locker?  Even if trading up to get Locker was do-able, the Skins are still short a dozen players from being a contender.  I'm way more happy with them filling out the roster with more quality players (that just weren't there before) and building up from the bottom.

On top of that, Kerrigan has had an excellent rookie season and, other than Von Miller, he was the best future linebacker on the board.  Don't throw Aldon Smith at me either because nobody saw that coming -- if they did, he wouldn't have gone in the 7th round.  Kerrigan was a great pick for the Skins and pairing him with Orakpo was a good move for a franchise thin on young defensive talent.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

Plus you cannot get mad at the person they did draft Ryan Kerrigan is pretty good.
Oh Yeah,  he's great????

Because none of the QBs that the Redskins wanted were available at their pick. 
   
Who were they going to draft? Locker was already taken 

 Duh,,, Have you Ever Heard of "TRADING UP" in the Draft to get the Pick You Need For Your Team????



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

Although the Skins are not the team I root for; they seem to consistently favor the older player vs. building their team through the draft.

The Cowboys and the Redskins are in the same boat. Perfect example; we drafted DeMarco Murray in the 4th round & you saw a major difference in our running game when he took over for Felix Jones.

NFL = Not For Long! I'm starting to believe the window of opportunity in the NFL is 6 years for Running backs, Maybe 9/10 years for receivers & 15 years for QB's (less punishment on their body).

Grossman, Santana Moss, Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall, etc. All of these players have played for 2 or more other teams before even signing with the Redskins.

It's a young man's game now...



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

I'd take hiim on the Cowboys for the Giants game...



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain




Who were they going to draft? Locker was already taken before they picked. Christian Ponder might become a good NFL QB, Blane Gabbert was horrible this year and Andy Dalton was not rated that highly. QB is really not the sole reason why the Skins didn't win this season. Really injuries are stupidity are (williams and davis) smoking Weed after they were warned by the NFL. Even if they choose a QB, do you honestly think they would be a playoff team with this roster? 

 The skins may get a good young QB next season. Plus Torrian can't stay on the field. So that's just how it is.
I would trade for Sam Bradford, since, St. Louis might in possition to get a QB in the Draft and Bradford gets paid a lot.



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

Because none of the QBs that the Redskins wanted were available at their pick. They wanted Locker and Tennesee got him. Blane Gabbert did not fit into what Shanny wanted, and at the time, no one thought that Andy Dalton was going to as good of a QB as he turned out to be this year. So that's why the Redskins did not get a QB. Plus you cannot get mad at the person they did draft Ryan Kerrigan is pretty good.



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Redskins release RB Ryan Torain

Will be on the Cowboys roster by end of tomorrow.


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