According to multiple media sources the Redskins have released three of their four running backs who were widely considered to be on the roster bubble. Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, and Lache Seastrunk have all confirmed via text messages that they have been released. Most figured that at least two of those three would end up on the roster. Silas Redd survived the cuts.
Seastrunk was the biggest surprise the story said, but Thompson is also a big of a surprise. However, he was battling injuries all through camp that seemed to frustrate the team. Both could be added to the practice squad. The moves mean that undrafted rookie Silas Redd will be the third tailback behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:48pm
Washington RB Chris Thompson sprained his ankle in the first preseason game and was not at full speed until Monday. Before the injury he was working behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Now, he must show that he’s more worthy than Evan Royster, Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk.
But Thompson also knows his injury history: a back injury in 2011; torn ACL in 2012; torn labrum in his shoulder in 2013.
“I just have to show them I can make it through some games and I will show them,” he said. “I’ve been hurt a lot. I can deal with pain. I’ll make sure I finish this game out.”
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:19am
First, he flashed on a 24-yard catch and run, which he immediately followed with a two-yard touchdown run. Royster makes plays when he's given the opportunity, however limited they may be, and if he doesn't stick around in D.C, he could catch on fairly quickly with someone else. After his strong showing against the Browns, though, his chances of making the cut had to have improved at least somewhat.
Neither Morris nor Helu had great nights on Monday but CSN Washington feels that won't affect their stock and will make the club, with Helu the third down back. Royster is no lock, but at the very least may have helped himself find a spot on another team if it comes to that.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 2:42pm
Redskins coach Jay Gruden may have tipped his hand on how many running backs the Redskins will carry. Here is what he said when asked about the status of Evan Royster, who has been with the team as a reserve running back since they drafted him in 2011.
"He's in competition with the rest of them. Right now, we have obviously Alfred [Morris] as the slam dunk and then we have Roy [Helu] who's had a good camp and then we're looking for the other two to step up.”
The emphasis is added. Gruden has said previously that he is looking forward to what fullback Darrel Young can do in his offense so Young, Morris, Helu are locks. Gruden said that they are looking for two more so it looks like the plan is to carry five total running backs.
While nothing is etched in stone, it looks like Helu's job is safe and he should be the third down back with a chance to catch some passes in this offense. Some believed that he would lose out to Thompson, who now looks like he's in a battle to make the team. Young has been a target in the red zone in the past from time to time but never enough to make him fantasy worthy but it sounds like he could have some sort of role again.
Sure it was only the first preseason game of the year, but the Redskins running game looked strong in a 23-6 win over the Patriots that saw a collection of Washington backs gallop through the New England defense. The team compiled 177 yards on the ground with an average of four yards-per-carry, solid numbers for a team transitioning from the Mike Shanahan zone-read run game to a more smash-mouth system with new coach Jay Gruden.
"From first guys to fourth quarter, it was pretty impressive," running back Roy Helu said. "I think our running game and the way we got off the line, I really liked that."
Alfred Morris and Helu ran well for the starting offense, though the opening drive stalled in the red zone. But the depth at the running back position looked strong, especially in the second half when rookies Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk impressed. Evan Royster and Chris Thompson got some reps for Washington at running back as well, and while both did fine, they did not impress like Redd and Seastrunk. That's worth noting because Royster could be on the roster bubble and Thompson has a chance to beat out Helu for the third down job, according to beat writers.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:03am
He's also faster, one year further removed from his torn ACL in college. He’s resembled the runner he was in college more than he ever did last summer. For the most part, Thompson has caught the ball well and did a solid job in the pass protection drills Monday, a day after he was disappointed in his showing. If Thompson proves he can stay durable in camp -- it’s a huge issue for him -- he’ll stay productive. He’s taken snaps with the first offense in nickel situations this week.
Just a few weeks ago, Roy Helu seemed to be a lock for this job. And to be fair, he probably still has the edge. This article pointed out that Helu has looked fine in camp and is also capable of playing other downs if something were to happen with starter Alfred Morris. The only other back on the Skins roster who could do that is Evan Royster, the story claims. But Royster may not make the team. Helu should have the edge in this battle, but some beat writers are making this seem like it's no sure thing...
Friday, July 25, 2014, 2:47pm
He’s looked quick. He’s looked elusive. He’s looked decisive. In other words, the 2013 fifth round draft pick has looked precisely like the No. 3 running back that Jay Gruden is seeking for his offense.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:53pm
Royster, a sixth-round pick out of Penn State in 2011, suffered the injury on a second-quarter reception. Royster had played primarily on special teams this season, and the catch on Sunday marked his first of the season.
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Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:32pm
According to the Washington Post, the Redskins will have some tough decisions to make as far as RB cuts go:
Keiland Williams seems to have overtaken Evan Royster, having gotten more opportunities and tasting success, as well. Rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison haven’t done a lot. Thompson has two fumbles, but could help himself with special teams play – mainly returns. Not sure you can justify keeping four running backs, though.
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1:15pm
As he came away from the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan expressed encouragement over the performances of running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster.
Each back averaged an effective 4.4 yards per carry against Tennessee. Helu, who got the start, gained 57 yards on 13 carries, while Royster rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries.
As the story points out, each has a different style. While starter Alfred Morris is a bruising runner, Helu excels because of his speed and big-play ability. His receiving skills also make him an effective third-down back. Royster, meanwhile, is a smoother runner, has good field vision and picks up yards in chunks. With backs like Keiland Williams and rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison also on the roster the Skins are deep. Helu's third down ability perhaps gives him an advantage which could make Royster expendable. In terms of a Morris handcuff, it's something worth watching.
The running backs vying for time behind Redskins RB Alfred Morris saw time in this order: Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Keiland Williams, Tristan Davis, Chris Thompson, Jawan Jamison. Morris is the unquestioned starter, and the rest are all battling for that backup/third-down back role.
If healthy, Helu would make a fine third-down RB. He caught 49 passes back in 2011.
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