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Trade for Moss created more space for Portis

The reunion of Miami teammates Clinton Portis and Santana Moss is a key reason the Redskins are in the playoffs.

Updated: January 4, 2006, 1:30 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

When Clinton Portis joined Joe Gibbs as his cornerstone acquisition of 2004, the running back realized he was no longer at the University of Miami.

Portis came into the NFL with that Hurricanes confidence. He told reporters in Denver at the start of his first training camp that he was going to be the best back in football. He responded with consecutive 1,500-yard seasons, proving a point. He was a feature back coming from a great program.

But the Redskins' situation ...

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