The Redskins, overall, are deeper at running back than they were last season because Roy Helu is expected to be fully recovered from his left big toe injury.
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.