Redskins blogger Rich Tandler took a look at RB snaps last week:
With Tim Hightower out for the season and a third running back for the roster yet to be determined, most are assuming that Ryan Torain will start at running back for the Redskins when they play the Bills in Toronto on Sunday.
A look at how playing time was distributed last week, however, might indicate that that’s not the case.
I knew that Torain did not play much last week but when looking at the snap counts done by Ryan O’Halloran at CSNwashington.com I was surprised to see that he played all of three snaps.
He carried to ball twice, once in each of the first two series of the second half, for a net of minus-five years (one for minus-seven, the other for two) so he was in there for one other snap.
Roy Helu, however, saw plenty of action. He played 33 of the 67 offensive snaps. That is two more than Hightower had and, of course, 30 more than Torain.
Helu played every snap of the Redskins’ final four possessions while Torain watched.
Helu should be picked up this week if he's on the wire because he probably won't be there much longer. Even if Helu doesn't start, the door is open for him for the rest of the year to get significant work with Ryan Torain, his main competition.