Time for the Torain Train: Predicting Ryan Torain's First Start as a Redskin

Mal SullyContributor IIOctober 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Ryan Torain #46 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 17-12.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Ryan Torain came in to this league in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft, being selected by Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos. He was going to be the next Terrell Davis!

But everything did not go as planned.

In his first career start, he played well. He ran for 68 yards on 12 attempts and a touchdown. But in the fourth quarter he tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve. The next year after Shanahan was fired in Denver, Torain was set to battle first round pick, Knowshown Moreno and Peyton Hillis (now starting running back in Cleveland) for the starting job.

After losing to both of them he was let go by Denver on final cuts and no one signed him until 2010 when Mike Shanahan and the Redskins picked him up. 

After losing to veteran Larry Johnson and and undrafted rookie Keiland Williams in the offseason, Torain was placed on the practice squad.

But after Johnson and Williams were released Torain was activated from the practice squad and has played well ever since, rushing for 46 and 70 yards respectively as the back up to Clinton Portis.

And now after all that, Portis is now injured and Ryan Torain will get his first start in two years and his first as a Washington Redskin.

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The Packers have a strong pass rush, creating 16 sacks in just four games but have a weak rush defense that allows an average of 130.3 yards a game. Look for Torain to excel this week and get pressure off McNabb's shoulders.

Rushing Total:

20 Attempts, 120 yards, 2 TD's

Receiving Total:

2 receptions, 11 yards

Game Score:
Redskins 27, Packers 24