I had a chance to have a very quick chat with Kevin Ewoldt who runs SB Nation's Washington Redskins blog, Hogs Haven, about Ladell Betts just to get a basic understanding of what the Saints are getting with the veteran running back. Below are his answers to my three brief questions:
Dave Cariello: Why did the Skins part ways with Betts?
Kevin Ewoldt: Ladell was put on IR week 11 last year after tearing his ACL. When the Shanahan regime came in, after slimming down Portis and adding Larry Johnson, WIllie Parker and Ryan Torain, there wasn't any place for Betts. Not surprising since he is about to turn 31.
Dave: What do Redskins fans think about Betts?
Kevin: It'd be a hard task to find a Redskins fan that does not like Betts. He is an excellent special teams player, but was the ultimate teammate when Portis was continually asked to carry the load. Both Joe Gibbs and Jim Zorn were one feature back type of guys, so that explains why Betts has low mileage with only 776 career rushing attempts. He doesn't have blazing speed, but he can get through a hole and has decent hands. I question his productivity coming off an ACL this late in his career...certainly Deuce McAllister was never the same.
Dave: What can the Saints expect from Betts now?
Kevin: With Portis out with injuries over several times in his career, Betts did okay as the feature back. If you're looking for a home-run threat, this is not your guy, but he can get yardage in chunks. The key thing to look for off this injury is if he has any burst off the first cut. He is a fantastic locker room guy.