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.
That would mean that Royster, rookies Lache Seastrunk and Silas Redd, and second-year back Chris Thompson are competing for two roster spots, not just one as some suspect.
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.