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Portis Motivated to Keep the Starting RB Job

Veteran running back Clinton Portis seems more motivated than ever to keep his job as the Skins starting running back. Jason Reid of the Washington Post says Portis is going to do what it takes to stay the starter entering the 2010 season.

Don’t be surprised if Clinton Portis is among the top candidates for this season’s NFL comeback player of the year award, says Jason Reid of the Washington Post. Although Portis has said little about his personal goals for 2010, the eight-year veteran is determined to show he’s still an elite back capable of rushing for a 1,500-yard season, people familiar with his thinking said recently. Eager to prove his critics wrong, Portis has done everything Coach Mike Shanahan has asked of him, team sources said, and is expected to hold off fellow Pro Bowl backs Larry Johnson and Willie Parker for the starting job. Portis has surprised many in the organization with his positive outlook and hard work throughout the offseason program. After Shanahan in March publicly challenged Portis to improve his conditioning, Portis trimmed down to about 217 pounds after playing at more than 230 pounds last season, sources said.

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