Redskins RB Roy Helu may see an expanded role

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

While running the offense of the Cincinatti Bengals, new Redskins HC Jay Gruden liked to get more running backs involved, limiting the punishment one runner would take. For that to continue as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Gruden will likely need to lean on Roy Helu more.

As Alfred Morris' backup, and a more nimble pass catcher out of the backfield, Helu took the ball on about 13 percent of Washington's run plays.

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While Gruden did involve both Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the Cincy offense in 2013, he did not involve two running backs in 2012, when BJGE received almost 65% of the carries. Green-Ellis ran the ball 278 times that year; the next highest carry total by a Bengal RB was 36 (by Cedric Peerman). So while the possibility exists for a larger role for Helu, it's entirely possible that Gruden leans mainly on Morris.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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