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Your Thoughts On Backup Running Back

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 12, 2013 – 10:51 am

(AP Images)

(AP Images)

You have spoken and the results are in for who you believe will be second on the Washington Redskins running back depth chart behind sophomore Alfred Morris.

With his 1,613-yard, 13 touchdown performance to include a trio of end zone trips against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football to end the season, No. 46 is the clear-cut starter in the backfield entering 2013.

But what about the other running backs behind him?

Well without further ado here is who you picked to be Morris’ primary backup this year.

RB Poll

Roy Helu Jr. taking home more than half of the vote is a slight surprise. Nothing against him, he was the Redskins top rusher in 2011 after all, but with the hype surrounding rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison there was a chance for an “upset”.

Last year, Helu Jr. spent a majority of the season on injured reserve after battling lower body injuries for the first month of the season. In 2011, the former Nebraska Cornhusker not only rushed for a team-high 640 yards, but he provided the Redskins offense with great hands out of the backfield, recording 49 catches for 379 yards.

His pass catching ability could be the perfect change-of-pace compliment to Morris, who only caught 11 balls last year. Just imagine how much potent the offense would have been last year if Helu Jr. had played all 16 games.

Thompson is entering training camp in a similar predicament to Helu Jr.—returning from an injury-shortened season. When the back did play during his senior season at Florida State, he was lights out (7.5 YPC and five touchdowns). After being selected in the fourth round, the Redskins hope that he can be a homerun hitter of sorts out of the backfield.

The Washington Redskins rounded out their 2013 draft class with the selection of Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison in the seventh round. Don’t let his last round selection fool you, though. He’s got major talent.

Don’t forget head coach Mike Shanahan’s extensive track record of success with late round running backs, either. That in itself is enough of a telling sign that Jamison could be the biggest steal of the draft.

Lost in all of the discussion of leading rushers and talented rookies is third-year running back Evan Royster. Royster, born in the heart of Redskins Nation, recorded 23 carries for 88 yards and an additional 15 catches for 109 yards last year.

What should never be forgotten about Royster too is the fact that he was on the receiving end of the Redskins first home playoff touchdown in 13 years.

Do you agree with Helu Jr. being Morris’ primary backup entering 2013 or do you think Royster or one of the rookies will overtake the spot? If you voted, let us know who you chose and why.

If you didn’t have a chance to make your voice heard, now you can. Just comment below with your thoughts.

Also don’t forget to check out these photo albums of Helu Jr., Thompson and Jamison to get you that much more pumped for training camp.

The road to Richmond is only 13 days away!


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5 Responses to “Your Thoughts On Backup Running Back”

  1. By polofourme on Jul 13, 2013 | Reply

    What we can not do is hand the ball off to Morris 360 times this season and expect him to be able to stay on the field. It was a miracle he made it thru the entire season and did not get injured. There was a lot of luck in that situation. So we desperately need a dependable second back..and frankly we don’t have one as far as I can see. Helu has proven to be injury prone and we certainly can not count on him..Royster who I originally liked very much I have soured on..his play is certainly not inspiring. And the two guys we drafted neither of them impress me. So back to square one. I would love to see Young back up Morris. He is a big strong RB and has some speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He certainly would be an adequate backup for Morris. But he is our only real FB and we cant overwork him either. I don’t expect WAS to sit pat with this group of RBs behind Morris. I expect WAS to look for help when teams cut down to make their final rosters. At least that’s my hope..it might also be easier to find a FB than a RB…and then we could move Young behind Morris which IMO is the best solution. Now I love Morris my only concern it that we end up doing to him what we did to the great Larry Brown. These two players are very similar in the way they run…how hard they played always fighting for extra yards but we over worked Brown and he was gone in five years and that’s not the future I want for Morris so we have to lighten his load..give him far fewer touches and that means we have to find a solution behind him..and that’s going to be a difficult nut to crack with they guys we have behind him now..its a big problem we have to find a solution to before the season starts.

  2. By shai on Jul 13, 2013 | Reply

    Morris Can Take The Carries He Runs So Low Its One The Reasons They Cant Tackle Him

  3. By B.S. Slayer on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    polo, I have read your non-sense posts for to long not to respond. you sir know nothing about football ! 2 men that have been with system for 2 years would be better re-placed with fa’s?and take our blocking full back and make him a back up rb ?have you seen Thompson or Jamison?one with 4.3 speed the other a one cut back made for zone blocking,learn something before you speak of it.by the way, why aren’t you an NFL gm somewhere if you are so informed about all things football ?

  4. By httr1 on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    well it will be helu if he stays healthy ,if not royster will .
    then the rookies if they don’t show so much promise that they don’t bump helu and royster down the depth chart

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