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.
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.
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