Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Redskins defeated the Raiders 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins want to get Roy Helu more involved


The Washington Redskins ground game was one of their strengths last season. It hasn’t necessarily been a weakness this year, just not one of their strengthes. Currently, their ground game ranks 17th in the NFL with a 106 yard per game average.

Morris has been carrying the ground game by himself for the most part. Quarterback Robert Griffin III isn’t running the ball as much as he did last year. In 2012, he rushed 41 times for 234 yards through four games. In 2013, RG3 has carried the ball 18 times for 72 yards through four games.

RG3 could be reluctant to run coming off that ACL injury. To offset that the Redskins could use a jump in production from back up running back Roy Helu.

“I’d like to get Helu out there more,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said, via ESPN. “It’s always a hard thing when you’ve got two guys you believe in and with the success Alf’s had last year and how much we do believe in Alf, so we don’t like to just keep rotating those guys all the time…. You don’t ever want to do that at the expense of another one of your good players.”

“When his time comes, we can never predict it as coaches, but you hope he’s ready for it,” Shanahan said. “He got that opportunity versus Oakland and I thought he was one of the main reasons we were able to win the game. … He looked good. I think he’s looked that way all this year. I think he looked that way starting about half way through his rookie year. We believe in Roy.”

In that game against the Oakland Raiders, Helu carried the ball 13 times for 41 yards. He had only 1 carry in the first three games so they might look to keep feeding him the ball. He might be a player you wan to watch in your fantasy leagues.

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