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Griffin III: Premier RB Will Emerge

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 12, 2012 – 1:44 pm

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins enter the 2012 season with three running backs that showed flashes of excellence at various points in 2011.

But will the Redskins’ offense be more proficient with a running back-by-committee system, or with one premier back handling most of the rushing duties?

Quarterback Robert Griffin III prefers the latter.

Griffin III spoke recently with NFL.com’s Adam Rank about the Redskins’ running back situation, and said he felt the prime starting rushing candidate will show himself soon enough.

When Rank mentioned Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan’s “Shanahanigans” — which allude to the use of multiple running backs in a game — Griffin III, who grew up an avid fan of Shanahan’s and the Denver Broncos, countered with one name.

“It’s not up to (Shanahan), it’s not up to me,” the rookie Griffin III said. “It’s up to that guy. (Shanahan) wasn’t subbing Terrell Davis in and out; Terrell Davis wasn’t a first-round draft pick; Terrell Davis showed him that, ‘Hey, I can be your guy.’ And I think that’s the challenge when it comes to Helu, Royster, Tim Hightower, Tristan Davis — all these guys that are in that backfield, it is up to them to decide who’s going to be the guy.”

Griffin III said he feels the veteran Hightower will get the first crack at setting himself apart from the other running backs when training camp gets underway July 26.

In 2011, Hightower started the first five games of the season for the Redskins, totaling 321 yards on 84 carries with one rushing touchdown. He also added 10 receptions for 78 yards and recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career.

His season was cut short in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers when he tore his ACL.

“If Tim Hightower comes back healthy, he’s the guy no doubt because he runs with a lot of passion and he’s a good leader,” Griffin III said.

Griffin III said Helu Jr. and Royster should get the next crack at the running back position. In Hightower’s absence, Helu Jr. and Royster rushed for a combined 958 yards in their 2011 rookie campaigns with the Redskins.

Griffin III said he’s also liked what he’s seen out running backs Tristan Davis and Alfred Morris, a rookie.

“Don’t count out those other guys,” Griffin III said. “I’ve seen ’em work. I know the hunger that they have, and if they get their shot, they’re going to make the most out of it, kind of like a Reuben Droughns did in Denver or a Mike Anderson. Those guys came out of nowhere supposedly, but it’s just a product of what Mike Shanahan can do and the running back coach, Bobby Turner, that’s one of the best around.”

Click here for the complete interview with Griffin III.

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26 Responses to “Griffin III: Premier RB Will Emerge”

  1. By Kathy kline on Jul 12, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin is right- cant count anyone out. Too early to tell at this point. As good as anyone is at one point you just never know what’s going to happen. One of the reasons why no matter what the score is or how cold it is I always stay til the end of the game. Sometimes the last 2 minutes are the best and have the most turnovers.
    Same goes for training… Let’s have a great season and no matter what- support our team!

  2. By Chris Aitken on Jul 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hail To The Redskins

  3. By william cormia on Jul 12, 2012 | Reply

    yes hail to the redskins

  4. By Grace on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hightower is the man! Love his passion, leadership and drive to be the best no matter what the odds.

  5. By graham4jc on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    My money is on Royster.

  6. By Black_1 on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    ugh!!! This seems like the longest off-season ever!!!!

  7. By chew222 on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    whoever the skins’ running back is, the success of their running game will depend on kyle shanahan. he must call more running plays this year than he did last lyear, in order to take the pressure off rgiii. a 50/50 pass/run ratio is a must. no mre calling 10-15 pass plays in a row like he did last year. if kyle learns from last year’s mistakes, the skins’ offense will shine.

  8. By wolfmagic2012 on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    @Black_1: Totally Dude! I can’t remember a time since I’ve been a fan that I’ve been more excited about a Redskins season. Can’t wait. It’s like being 5 years old and thinking Christmas will never come! HTTR. Alaskan Redskin…

  9. By Melc on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    I think Tim has the inside track on starting this year. He had flashes last year without a qb to take the heat off the running game.

  10. By JDHawk on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    I’m going with the high leaping Helu by mid season

  11. By And on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    i think helu will be the workhorse, with Royster and Hightower on third down. hightower is a phenomenal blocker, so they’l probably utilize that. i heard they would line up alfred morris at fullback, and tristan davis is probably when the starters get injured, like how last year every one of our backs got injured one way or another

  12. By johnny adcock on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    hightower is 100% the guy he is a boss with the ball in his hands and would have been a big diffence maker during the last season if he would have got hurt.

  13. By emack1998 on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    i think if hightower has a no injury season he will do great look what he did before he injured last year even if not we still have two great backs with helu and royster

  14. By Cowboy5633 on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    Tim Hightower is by far the most talented of the group…and has the most experiance…I love his e xplosiveness and his gumption!

  15. By redsinphilly on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply


  16. By CJOHNSON on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    I believe running back by committee is not a bad idea. The NFL is fast paced and brutal, it’s hard to hold up to 16 game schedule when constantly getting pounded from 25 to 40 carries per game.

  17. By Curt on Jul 14, 2012 | Reply

    New year and new opportunity for all the running backs. They all need to be ready. They all need to be ready to be the man. As we all know, coach uses his running backs. One goes down, another has to step up. Breaking the load up between them may help get them through the regular season and be in position to do something in the post season, should they make it. HTTR! and looking forward to training camp.

  18. By jesse0874 on Jul 14, 2012 | Reply

    wow they changed the format .thats how long its been since i have been on here .

  19. By Remy Evans on Jul 15, 2012 | Reply

    As it stands the starting running back is yet to be determined. Hightower is the most experienced but is coming off an injury….whoever plays the best in the preseason, training camp, and practice should get the majority of the carries. I have said before the running game will play a key role in determining the skins season…..a balanced offense and teime consuming drives with quick strike capabilites. This gives our D a chance to catch their breath and if we are trailing late in the fourth quarter we can score quickly….that’s how I am hoping it plays out. HTTR!!!

  20. By Rome on Jul 15, 2012 | Reply

    Take it from an ex-footbal college (Willy) linebacker that studied many running backs styles of running from game to game. My gut feeling tells me that A. Morris will be the sleeper running back lrom the group, especially if he is able to adjust to the NFL game speed quickly. He will be given a lot of touches early on during some of the early pre-seasons games. Folks ca thenn judge him from that point.

  21. By Jeff on Jul 15, 2012 | Reply

    They are all good runners; the one that emerges should be the best blocker–we should have an alert, capable blocker on duty this year–it’s a developmental season for RGIII.

  22. By kevo the moneylova on Jul 16, 2012 | Reply


  23. By kevo the moneylova on Jul 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kyle shannahan got some work to do with his play calling this season…cause i blame him for some of the games we lost last season…U CANT MOVE THE BALL WHEN U RUN THE BALL ON FIRST DOWN SECOND DOWN OR ON THIRD DOWN…PASS THE BALL ON FIRST DOWN IF ITS A INCOMPLETE U RUN THE BALL ON SECOND DOWN

  24. By GTOWN on Jul 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ok seriously folks, are you forgetting how injury prone Hightower has been his entire career? I am rooting for Helu. I am an avid Nebraska fan, and I was estatic when the ‘Skins were able to draft him. Helu showed what he can do, and I think he will be the featured back.

  25. By klinkins on Jul 16, 2012 | Reply

    The RB postion is my primary concern this year. Our roster has 7 listed RB’s and only more than one with a full year under his belt. Hightower, Helu and Royster all were hurt in 2011, of the other 4, three are CFA pick ups and a 6th round pick. With all the injury’s we have had the pass two year, I thnik we will keep 2 RB’s on the PS (if the show any skills at all). There is skill in this group, we just do not know where or how much! Also our FB will have to fight for a spot as F. Davis off field concerns will allow Cooley to make the team, leaving the blocking TE’s looks to handle more FB type duty and Speaical teams time. Preseason will tell us alot about what we have as i do not think the wiaver wire will not help us much at RB.

  26. By Andy Marr on Jul 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hightower over Helu? You have got to be kidding me. Hightower is injury prone and should be the number 2 at best. Helu showed flashes of greatness. Give him 30 carries a game and then give Hightower 30 carries, and I GUARENTEE you that Helu puts up more numbers. Hightower had 1 rushing TD in 5 games to start the year….that is pathetic. Helu pretty much carried the load after he went down. Royster is a 3 at best, he will NEVER be the guy. Most of the combined yards they are talking about were from HELU. Plus this article doesn’t tell you how many TDs Helu had. He is a MUCH better pass blocker too. Sorry Hightower, I like you and all, but you didn’t show Arizona enough to keep you around, so I expect Helu to take your job and then we will dump you next year.

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