Was Week 10 the Turning Point for Roy Helu and the Redskins Backfield?

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 16, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 6: Running back Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins is tripped up against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at FedExField on November 6, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The San Francisco 49ers won, 19-11. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Ryan O’Halloran (via Twitter) reported the snap counts for the Redskins offense in Week 10.  The most important are the running backs, which broke down as follows:


The Professor's Thoughts:

Mike Shanahan may be the most frustrating coach in the league, but you have to think that Week 10 may finally be the turning point for Helu.  While Torain got more carries (10) when on the field, he managed to run for just 20 yards (2.0 yards per carry).  His longest run of the day went for a measly five yards.

Helu, meanwhile, took his six carries for 41 yards and has been significantly more productive when on the field.  All you have to do is look at the numbers to see that:

  • Helu: 423 total yards (213 rushing on 43 carries and 210 receiving on 29 receptions)
  • Torain: 205 total yards (188 rushing on 50 carries and 17 receiving on 3 receptions)

With Shanahan calling the shots, despite the numbers overwhelmingly supporting Helu, you really just never know.  However, with season’s end quickly coming, the Redskins need to find out if Helu can carry the load week in and week out.  With him already out-producing Torain, you would think now would be the perfect time to do so.

At this point he is the Redskins’ running back to own, and he could easily develop into a viable RB2 for the remainder of the season.  While Shanahan’s antics are going to keep him as a low-end option (and things could get worse with Tashard Choice getting in the mix), at least for now, it shouldn’t be long.  


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