However, Portis may become more of a third-down specialist as the team looks to feature Ryan Torain more, says Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com:
Continue to hear its likely Clinton Portis assumes more of a 3rd down role for Skins w/Ryan Torain getting more and more carries. That’s …
Through three games, Portis has 38 carries for just 140 yards, to go with two touchdowns. In contrast, Torain made his Washington debut last week and gained 46 yards in only seven attempts.
Potentially making Portis the third-down back isn’t a huge demotion, though. The Redskins rank last in the NFL in third-down yards per play, as Ryan O’Halloran notes, so the fact that they may count on him to deliver in an area they are weak in demonstrates they still value the nine-year veteran.