RB Ryan Torain - Free Agent

6-0, 222Born: 8-10-1986College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 5, pick 139 (2008)

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2011 Week 4 vs STL (19 / 135 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Today in week 4 Mike Shanahan reminded us what kind of program he runs. After last week Shanahan hinted that he was not very impressed with Tim Hightower's ability to make cuts and keep his footing. Ryan Torain showed today what he can do on the field, and why the coach has so much faith in him. Granted it was against a very lackadaisical Rams front seven, from the first time he entered the game Torain made his presence felt with his first angry and physical carry went to the left side for 7 yards. The next play was more of the same as this time he broke a very weak arm tackle and sprinted into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Torain was running like his job depended on it today. Neither arm tackles nor one man really brought him down all day long. His punishing running style makes him a very tough assignment once he reaches the second level. He was not on the field for most passing plays so PPR guys may want to take note, but today Ryan Torain once again made his case for why he is so deserving of more opportunities , equaling an opportunity on your roster.

2011 Week 6 vs PHI (10 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Often we need an explanation of the stats because they don't tell the whole story. In the case of Torain this week, we really don't. The Eagles had no fear of Rex Grossman, so they stacked the box and Ryan Torain found no room to run whatsoever. He was still hitting the holes hard and broke a few tackles, but he never really had a chance. His best run of the day was a 6 yard run right after the Redskins' flea flicker to start the second half. He burst through the hole and ran over a defender. His next run, however, was swallowed up for a one yard gain and there was much more of the latter than the former on a terrible day for Torain.

2011 Week 7 vs CAR (2 / -5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fancied to start after Mike Shanahan's intimation, Ryan Torain was preferred as a second option behind Tim Hightower. Torain only carried twice in the game to little effect. The game script meant the Skins had to go pass-heavy.

2011 Week 8 vs BUF (8 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

The Redskins went 3 and out on four of their 6 first half drives so they never really got a chance to get the running game going this week. Plus, the sacks and pressure generated by the Bills pass rush kept them out of running situations as well. Torain was the only Redskins running back to get any carries in the game, but he found no room to run behind an overmatched offensive line and gained just 14 yards on 8 carries. He caught his only target in the passing game but it came on a dumpoff and was only good for 8 yards.

2011 Week 9 vs SF (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Torain didn't see the field until the second quarter, and didn't do anything to steal playing time from Helu. On one play, he motioned out wide, but was not thrown to.

2011 Week 10 vs MIA (10 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

He was named the starter and honestly it is a head scratcher. The Skins win last week and Shanny decides to bench Beck and Helu in favor of Torain and Grossman. We'll never know is Helu would have been better or not but it's not that much of a stretch to think he could have done at least as well if not better. Torain could not get loose, had few holes to run through and when he was in the hole he was met by a Miami LB or Safety namely Yeremiah Bell who was all over the field in run support. Torain was given the ball on first down 7 times for a total of 17 yards and he also had a touchdown called back on a holding penalty which would have masked what was a terrible day for him but give lots of credit to Miami who bottled up Jackie Battle last week and also did a solid job on Bradshaw the week before that. Torain missed a cut back on the zone blocking scheme badly in the 2nd quarter and you might have thought Shanny would make a move at that point but he stuck with Torain. It was a terrible read on the run blocking as Miami had no one on the back side and it could have been a gain of 20-25 yards rather easily.

2011 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Torain looks slow and bulky. He received 5 carries and posed absolutely no threat to Dallas at any point. Not the RB who is going to succeed against this fast and swarming defense.

2011 Week 16 vs MIN (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Torain got a few snaps but did not look very good out there on Saturday. Torain, with his limited carries looked slow and plotting. When compared to Royster, we saw why the rookie running back got the start over the veteran.

2010 Week 3 vs STL (7 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Larry Johnson was released last week so Torain was just activated for this game. His first run went for 36 yards. He had good blocking and just hit the hole at full speed. After a couple nice runs in the first half, he started the second half as the Redskins running back. He looked like he could be as effective as Portis but he did not show any moves that made you think he would be much better.

2010 Week 4 vs PHI (18 / 70 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan Torain was Washington's second running back option for the Redskins for most of the Week 4 contest with the Eagles, although he did get an early touchdown run of 12 yards for the first score in Philadelphia. Torain showed good power and quickness and once Portis had to leave the game with a groin injury, Torain stepped right up to provide more key yards on the ground. Should Portis miss time, Torain would be considered a feature back. At worst Torain should be in the mix most weeks for a committee backfield in Washington.

2010 Week 5 vs GB (16 / 40 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

rain was the primary ball carrier for the Redskins in this game, but made little progress against an aggressive Green Bay Defense. He had a couple nice runs between the tackles where he was able to make a few yards after contact, but his longest rushes were only for seven, eight and eight yards and he was frequently stopped for minimal gain or a loss. He was much more effective in the short passing game and the Redskins called a couple short Swing/Screen passes to him that were very effective. He nearly screwed up the final drive in overtime when he was stuffed for a five yard loss inside the Green Bay 30. It might have taken the Redskins out of field goal range but Armstrong drew a pass interference on the next play and McNabb's two sneaks up the middle set up the game winner.

2010 Week 6 vs IND (20 / 100 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Torain had a career night for the Redskins running hard and getting to the edge multiple times for good gainers. When he did run between the tackles he usually made the 1st defender either miss or he used his power running to escape. His strong running netted him his first 100 yard game of the season. It's not surprising that he is having some success running the ball however he is running much harder than he has in the past. Torain is not overly fast but has a nice combo of decent speed, power & patience. He is the clear #1 RB in Washington with Portis on the sidelines. It's worth noting that he did not touch the ball in the 4th quarter, leading to speculation that he may has sustained some sort of injury.

2010 Week 7 vs CHI (21 / 125 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan Torain continued to impress as the Redskins lead back. For the fourth week in a row, he improved his yardage totals and is starting to look like the type of true workhorse back the Redskins need to be competitive. He finished the day with a season-high 125 yards but did have two fumbles (one was lost) in the contest. Of note is the fact that Torain has not received more then two carries successively since taking over as the Redskins' starter. After receiving two carries in a row, Torain leaves the field for a breather. He also is very lightly targeted in the passing game, most likely because the Redskins have two quality pass catchers at tight end in Chris Cooley and Fred Davis. Torain's best carry came on First and 10 with two minutes to go. On the play, he took the handoff to the right off tackle and barrelled along for a 27 yard gain, converting a first down and allowing the Redskins to kneel on the ball and run out the clock, preserving the victory.

2010 Week 8 vs DET (9 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)

Torain was slowed all day behind a very penetrating Lions defensive line and could never find any running room and get into a rhythm. There wasn't much of a threat of a passing game, and the Lions swarmed to the ball all day and met him in the backfield routinely. Torain also didn't look impressive in one on one situations in the open field and couldn't make anyone miss. He was often easily tackled and eventually left the game early with a hamstring injury.

2010 Week 14 vs TB (24 / 172 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Some pretty strong running for the day. He broke off some long gains but he also ran through several tackles and one arm attempts by the Bucs. Solid effort, but remember that the Bucs rush defense ranks low and Gerald McCoy had to leave the game which created a huge hole in the middle of that defense for Washington to exploit. No gap control whatsoever by the Bucs in the 1st half of this football game. 2nd half they were able to shut things down a lot better.

2010 Week 15 vs DAL (11 / 53 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 48 / 1 rec)

Ryan Torain had another excellent game against the Dallas Cowboys. After falling behind early, the Redskins were forced to pass much of the final three quarters. Torain, however, did his part to help keep the team in the game by catching a touchdown to put the Redskins on the board and running tough between the tackles for nearly five yards per carry. His best play came on his touchdown reception. On the play, Torain lined up to the right side of quarterback Rex Grossman in the backfield. Upon the snap, he snuck through the line and caught the pass. The Redskins' blockers sealed off the middle of the field perfectly allowing Torain to run 19 yards to the endzone without a defender in site. Torain's running fits the offense perfectly as he is disciplined enough to wait for the hole to develop in front of him yet quick enough to make a single cut downhill and quickly get to full speed.

2010 Week 16 vs JAX (20 / 65 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Torain ran better than his numbers would indicate, breaking multiple arm tackles and finding extra yards with patience, cutbacks, and good vision. There was almost nothing between the tackles, but Torain broke plenty of his runs outside with success. He was met quickly on his few receiving targets, but Torain did show good hands for the second week in a row. He got goal to go carries on two drives. One ended with a Fred Davis TD, the other he converted on fourth down behind a good Chris Cooley block. He is still running very upright and taking some big hits, but Torain has done enough to enter the offseason as the Redskins starting RB.

2010 Week 17 vs NYG (18 / 61 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Torain and Williams had exact opposite roles in this game, as Torain got the workload on the ground and few passes his way. Williams was the opposite. Torain was given a heavy workload and he was providing gouging runs up the middle for his team, occasionally breaking to the outside and ripping off big gains back to back. Torain owes a lot of this success early to the Redskins offensive line who created big lanes. He busted to the outside often early in the game but was mostly shut down in the second half as the Giants figured him out and the Redskins leaned more on the pass.

2008 Week 9 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Torain's much anticipated first NFL carry came with about five minutes left in the first quarter. Following an Eddie Royal kick return to the five yard line, Torain lined up in the backfield and took the first down handoff up the middle. He picked up three yards on the play, but was stopped short of the end zone. On his only other two carries on the afternoon, he totaled minus two yards. With such a limited sample size, it's difficult to get a gauge on how he looked. Essentially, he looked like a little used rookie.

2008 Week 10 vs CLE (12 / 68 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Torain got his first NFL start as RB Michael Pittman and RB Andre Hall were both put the IR this week with season ending injuries. The rookie Torain looked a little rusty early but got some nice runs as the game went on. He scored a touchdown in the first quarter on a one yard carry where he was able to stretch the ball over the goal line. His best carry came on a run to the left for 19 yards as he showed some burst. Unfortunately, Torain hurt his left knee on a carry in the second quarter and did not return. He may have had a very good game had he not got injured.