Remember back in August, when it looked as though Ryan Torain might be the Washington Redskins' starting running back? Well, Torain got released today by the Redskins, having slipped so far down the depth chart that he couldn't even see the light at the top anymore. The Redskins will enter 2012 with remarkable depth at the running back position, with Roy Helu and Evan Royster each entering his second season and veteran Tim Hightower, who unseated Torain as the starter in training camp, due back from his injury. But Torain doesn't look as though he'll be a part of it. This from the Washington Post:
In the fourth game of the season, with Hightower banged up, Torain rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries against the St. Louis Rams. But his production dropped off significantly after that. Following the Week 5 bye, Torain gained only 22 yards on 10 carries against the Eagles, and hasn't had a run longer than six yards since.
Since the Rams game, Torain has produced only 65 yards on 40 carries.
It's going to be hard to remember Torain's one huge 2011 game unless you were, say, able to trade him during his bye week along with Jimmy Graham for Matt Ryan and Brandon Marshall and win your fantasy league as a result of the deal. Not that I necessarily know anybody who pulled off that exact trick or anything. Just using it as one possible example.
As for real life, Torain has indeed showed flashes of relative running back brilliance over the past couple of years. His main problem has been his inability to stay healthy. But he's only 25 and he's got enough talent that he'll surely wind up in someone's camp next summer. Given another opportunity and some better health luck, he could yet make an impact. It just doesn't look as though it'll be with the Redskins.