The coaches love his toughness and willingness to do whatever they ask. Though he entered training camp last season as an underdog, mainly because this offense doesn't use a traditional fullback, he beat out a number of runners to earn a roster spot. His biggest role came on special teams, where he finished sixth in tackles with 15.
He barely contributed on offense, but the Redskins need more help on special teams than at running back so that's what he'll focus on this season. Cartwright also is well-respected by his teammates.
In three seasons, Cartwright, a seventh-round pick out of Kansas State in 2002, has played 44 games, starting three. He's carried the ball 112 times for 443 yards and caught 29 passes for 297 yards. He rushed for four touchdowns in 2003, becoming a short-yardage back (no pun intended, considering his 5-foot-6 frame).
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