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.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:32am
Helu's speed and elusiveness on the second level set him apart from starter Alfred Morris. A healthy Helu would reduce Morris’ physical burden after Morris carried 335 times last year. Helu also could join Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III in an extremely potent triple option.
Helu is a quality third-down back because of his hands, his ability to gain yards after the catch along with his pass blocking. He improved his blitz recognition as his rookie season progressed in 2011. Morris improved but continued to struggle as a third down back last year and as a result didn't pile up receptions and yards. The Skins also drafted Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison in the late rounds. Keiland Williams is also on the roster.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:52pm
Lions RB Kevin Smith conveyed to reports on Saturday night that X-rays came back negative on his right ankle and he does not have a high ankle sprain. His status for Week 1 is still up in the air but more news to follow over these next couple days.
Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:31pm
Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 14. Smith couldn't cut on his injured ankle and cut his practice short on Friday. Maurice Morris looks like a decent start against the Vikings. Keiland Williams will rotate in.
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:43pm
Friday, November 11, 2011, 6:38pm
Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 10. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will get most of the work, with newly acquired Kevin Smith possibly rotating in.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7:41pm
Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Best seems no closer to returning than he was two weeks ago. The silence out of Detroit is deafening. It might be the Maurice Morris/Keiland Williams show the rest of the season.
Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is unlikely to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday as he continues to recover from his most recent concussion, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Best, who has dealt with concussions dating back to college, is scheduled to meet with more doctors this week and will undergo further testing, the source said.
Best has not played since experiencing concussion-like symptoms following Detroit's Week 6 loss to San Francisco.
Without Best, Detroit has gone to a running-back-by-committee look, deploying veteran Maurice Morris and second-year player Keiland Williams almost equally. The duo has rushed for 177 yards and one touchdown.
It's not sounding good for Best, who has been out since week 6. This continues to be a week to week situation.
Friday, October 28, 2011, 6:15pm
Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will split the work in the Detroit backfield. Neither is a great start given the Lions lack of commitment to the running game.
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:13pm
Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. According to a source close to Best, he is not expected to play this week. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will continue to split the touches for the Lions.
The headaches have mostly subsided, and Jahvid Best is feeling “pretty normal,” but the Detroit Lions running back is likely to miss his second straight game Sunday with a concussion, a person close to Best said today.
Best, who suffered his second concussion of the season two weeks ago in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers, did not practice today, and it’s unknown whether he’ll travel with the team to Denver.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7:17pm
Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. According to Adam Schefter, Best is not expected to play this week. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will continue to split the touches for the Lions.
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