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Competition: Evan Royster, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson and Juwan Jamison
Alfred Morris is the starting running back this season. He was a workhorse last season and Evan Royster replaced him when needed.
Now with a healthy Roy Helu returning and two rookies selected in April’s draft, the running back depth is now at a premium.
Looking at the full roster realistically, there is no way that they are keeping all five backs on the team. Does that leave rookies Thompson and Jamison destined for the practice squad? Does that make Helu and/or Royster expendable?
What’s interesting is that each of these four running backs offer something different. Royster is the quintessential role player, Helu is a playmaker who shows great versatility as a receiver out of the backfield, Thompson looks like the Energizer Bunny and Jamison’s skill set appears similar to Alfred Morris.
Prediction: Royster and Helu make the roster, and Thompson and Jamison end up on the practice squad
As long as Roy Helu can show that he can stay healthy, he will be on the roster. However, if injuries continue to set him back, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him out of a job.
If Evan Royster continues doing all the “little” things correctly (pass protection, screens, draw plays, etc.), then he’s likely to remain on the team.
Chris Thompson’s role for the Redskins is going to be interesting. I love his ability, especially since it’s antonymous of what Alfred Morris does, but it creates a logjam at the position.
Can Mike Shanahan find a way to stash him on the practice squad to start the season?