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Who Will Lead The Redskins In Rushing?

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 25, 2012 – 3:34 pm

(AP photos)

A recent @Redskins Twitter poll turned up some interesting results about who Redskins fans feel will lead the team in rushing for the 2012 season.

The interesting aspect is that one of the candidates is a quarterback — rookie Robert Griffin III. Though many have expressed concern about Griffin III getting too many carries per game and risking injury, there’s no denying that he’s very dangerous with the ball in his hands.

Here’s the results of that poll, which got more than 450 votes this past weekend prior to the Redskins’ Week 3 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals:

It’s no surprise that 70 percent of Redskins fans believe rookie running back Alfred Morris will be the team’s leading rusher this season. Through three games, he’s leading the Redskins with 61 rushes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Interestingly enough, he’s yet to catch a pass this season.

Roy Helu Jr. (9 percent) and Evan Royster (5 percent) have each been affected by injuries at various points during the preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season. As a result — and because Morris has performed so well — their carries have decreased.

Through three games, Helu Jr. has just two carries for two yards. He’s been utilized more in the passing game, catching seven passes for 45 yards, which leads all Redskins running backs.

Royster, meanwhile, has five carries for 35 yards. Even though it’s a small sample size, seven yards per carry is pretty impressive, and Royster led the team in yards-per-carry average last season.

Griffin III goes into Sunday’s matchup against the Buccaneers as the Redskins’ second-leading rusher. He’s ran 32 times for 209 yards — 6.5 yards per attempt — and is tied with Morris for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns.

CHIME IN: Would you be concerned if Griffin III led the team in rushing this season? Feel free to comment below.


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4 Responses to “Who Will Lead The Redskins In Rushing?”

  1. By Keon R. on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Yes I would be concerned if my quarterback leads my team in rushing. I know Robert said he’ll get up after every hit. I believe that he’s tough enough to do it. I don’t think anybody who plays quarterback should sustain that damage. He’s got a great arm and mind. If he’s running a lot, he’ll be sure to take hits. That I don’t want to see. http://sportscloudblog.net/

  2. By Ken Grubbs on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Would rather see Tim Hightower behind Morris, unless he can show that he’s totally ready to play again. We need the ability to catch passes and pass blocking for RGIII and that’s Hightower’s forte’. Helu and Royster are too prone to injury at this time—-Hightower should be brought back as No.2 before another team snatches him up!!

  3. By LHarley on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now we have Ryan Grant to do it

  4. By ross on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the deal with hightower?

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