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Before everyone loses their mind in their defense of breakout superstar Roy Helu, the potential for this deal does not make any commentary whatsoever on Helu’s performance in 2011.
At different times during this past season, Helu was definitely one of the most explosive rushers in the entire league. It did appear though, against stronger rush defenses Helu was hamstrung by the Redskins' lack of diversity in the run game.
Helu was forced to carry the weight of the entire Redskin offense on many occasions as the season went on, and the responsibility clearly began to take its toll on the young back.
Shonn Greene was also unable to shoulder the responsibility of being an every-down rusher for the Jets. It seemed that after every rush Greene was on the precipice of exhaustion, nearly collapsing from a three-yard rumble.
I believe the Jets have not put Greene in the best position for success as an NFL rusher given his physical nature and I believe that paired with Helu, the Redskins can.
The Jets could be significantly interested in this trade given the availability of Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill, widely regarded as a strong project quarterback with the skills to become a serviceable starter in the NFL, could be the perfect solution for the Jets' lack of competition provided to Mark Sanchez.
The younger and stronger-armed Tannehill could pose a serious threat to the future of Sanchez as the Jets' starting quarterback, at the very least driving Sanchez to perform at a higher level to keep his job.
The Redskins, desperately in need of viable depth at quarterback, could afford to deal this first-round pick to the Jets and still draft a solid talent in the third round.