Anthony Alridge: The Long-Awaited Homerun Threat The Redskins Need
July 27, 2009 by
This guy could be something special.
Anthony Alridge runs under a 4.3 forty, and is a great receiver out of the backfield. Oh did I mention he returns kicks…and does it well?
Alridge might turn out to be the homerun threat, the ‘Skins have been without for a decade.
He attended the University of Houston and spent time with Broncos last year before going down with an injury. Mike Shanahan was fired after the season and new Denver coach, Josh McDaniels cut Alridge.
Shanahan advised Vinny Cerrato to pick Alridge up, saying he was the fastest player player with the football he has ever seen.
For a guy who has produced 1000 yard rushers by the boatload, that’s high praise.
The Skins are without a legitimate change-of-pace back at the moment. Ladell Betts runs in the same style as Clinton Portis, which means the ‘Skins could an East-West style runner.
Stretching the field both vertically and laterally are musts if Washington wants to improve its offense. Last year opponents crowded the box because there was little to respect outside it. Alridge gives them the ability to stretch it laterally.
The concerns are his small frame (5-9, 175) and the foot injury he suffered last year. However, he’ll get a shot to make his mark during preseason.
He will need to make impact on special teams in order to receive consideration. Marcus Mason found that out last year when he couldn’t make the team despite the fact he was the preseason rushing leader in the NFL.| anthony alridge, anthony alridge redskins, anthony alridge speed, redskins running backs