Campbell, Portis will have to earn starting jobs

They may have the more impressive resumes, but Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Clinton Portis won’t be handed the starting jobs this season.

Speaking to the NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, Washington head coach Mike Shanahan made it clear that there’s going to be a lot of competition in our nation’s capital this offseason.

“There’s competition at every position,” Shanahan told La Canfora. “Just because a guy comes in as a maybe third, fourth or fifth guy, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a chance to compete.”

The Redskins announced on March 17 that they had signed free agent quarterback Rex Grossman, who spent six seasons with the Chicago Bears before joining the Houston Texans in 2009.

Grossman has made it clear that he wants a shot at the starting job.

In addition, the ‘Skins brought in veteran running back Larry Johnson to compete with incumbent starter Clinton Portis.

“I know what (Portis) has done,” Shanahan told La Canfora. “When he was with Denver, 1,500 yards a couple of years in a row, right at six yards per carry. I’ve watched Larry Johnson from afar; we know what types of years he’s had. Competition again, two guys who have done it. Proven players. Hopefully they can do it again for us.”

Sounds like no job is safe with Shanahan running the show.

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