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Friday, October 11, 2013, 11:05am
“I’d like to get Helu out there more,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s always a hard thing when you’ve got two guys you believe in and with the success [Alfred Morris] has had last year and how much we do believe in Alf, so we don’t like to just keep rotating those guys all the time…. You don’t ever want to do that at the expense of another one of your good players.”
Now that the Redskins are past their bye, Morris owners would be wise to pick up Helu as a handcuff. He would be a solid RB2 type if anything were to happen to Morris.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 9:37am
Washington running back Alfred Morris declined to speak with reporters about his bruised ribs, but he was able to practice at least during the portion open to the media.
He did tell ESPN980 that he was full-go Monday. Coach Mike Shanahan did not address reporters Monday and will update the injury situation Wednesday.
Alfred Morris says bruised ribs are 'fine'
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 9:46am
Tailback Alfred Morris said Monday that the bruised ribs he suffered during the Washington Redskins’ victory Sunday at Oakland were sore but he does not regard the injury as serious.
Morris said the injury was “fine” and added: “I mean, a little tender still but nothing serious so I’m all good.”
According to Morris, X-rays showed no breaks. He said he was hurt earlier during the game before coming out for good and being replaced by backup Roy Helu Jr.
The Skins have a bye this week so the extra time off will be just want Morris needs - he looks like a good bet for Week 6. Owners should still make it a priority to pickup Helu as a handcuff on this week's waiver wire, though.
Alfred Morris (bruised ribs) says he'll play Week 6
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 9:44pm
The Skins are on a bye in Week 5 so the timing is good for Morris. Owners should considering making room for Roy Helu as a handcuff as we've often heard players say they will be back and then are held out. The extra time off will do Morris well though.
Roy Helu named Redskins' RB2
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:23pm
Helu could have some value in PPR formats as Morris didn't show a whole lot in the passing game in 2012. Morris has reportedly been working on that part of his game and could emerge as a viable third-down back. Helu would step in if that doesn't pan out.
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 18, 2013, 8:02pm
RB Roy Helu can focus on contributing to the Washington offense. Coaches have him in a third-down role, which will showcase his pass blocking and ability to catch the ball. He’s also faster than Alfred Morris, so there’s big-play potential anytime he’s in on first and second downs.
Helu could have some deep PPR value. At the same time, it will likely limit Morris' value in the passing game. It was a role that increased for Morris a bit at the end of last year. Morris should catch more than 11 passes this season, his total from 2012, but Helu looks like he'll play a bigger role in the passing game.
Shanahan: Alfred Morris will be "more instrumental" in passing game
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 11:38am
“A lot of people come out of college and they just don’t spend the time on catching the ball. He has spent a lot of time in the offseason catching the football, running routes and you can see that hard work has paid off because he’s a lot more natural,” Shanahan said. “It gives you another dimension.”
Thanks to his offseason dedication, Shanahan said Morris has a much better chance of staying in the game on third down, as he brings the most weapons to the huddle.
“[Morris] has always been a blocker – he’s got that strength – but he does have a different type of gear and he does have excellent hands. You just couldn’t see it right away because he didn’t work on it,” Shanahan explained. “There have been a lot of backs in the past that have been in colleges that really don’t throw the football a lot. They emphasize the running game and Alfred was one of those types of guys.
“He’s elevated his game and he will be able to catch the ball and be a lot more instrumental in our passing game.”
If Morris starts to catch passes, watch out. He only caught 11 balls last season and we currently have him projected for 22 in 2013. If he gets into the 30-35 range, he'll have Marshawn Lynch-type value in PPR formats. It's difficult to project a huge jump in catches now that Roy Helu is back and healthy.
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.
Roy Helu running as Redskins' RB2
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:22pm
Roy Helu seems to have the edge in the competition for No. 2 back. The Redskins have used him in a variety of ways – standard run plays, option pitches, and as a receiver out of the backfield – to take advantage of his speed and catching ability.
Don't forget that Helu registered 200 touches in 2011 gaining 1,019 total yards in the process. Alfred Morris was not much of a pass-catcher last season, so Helu could fill that role in 2013 if he can stay healthy.
Roy Helu first to back up Alfred Morris
Friday, July 26, 2013, 7:58pm
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.
Alfred Morris working on pass-catching
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 10:28pm
It would be big for Morris's value in PPR formats if he can become a viable threat in the passing game and stay on the field on third downs. He caught five passes in his last three games, but only caught 11 passes all season. It will be something to watch for in the preseason.