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Evan Royster listed first on depth chart, but doesn’t buy it

Evan Royster AP

The Redskins released a new depth chart on Monday and it featured Evan Royster as the starting tailback ahead of Roy Helu and rookie Alfred Morris.

Royster seems to have a pretty good grasp on Mike Shanahan’s reputation when it comes to following things like depth charts when it comes to divvying up playing time for running backs. Royster said Monday that he doesn’t think his spot on the depth chart has much bearing on how things will wind up playing out against the Saints.

“I think they’re going to keep us pretty much in the dark until probably the day before the game,” Royster said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

It’s a wise move not to get too consumed with whether or not you’re in the starting lineup because history says all three backs are going to get their opportunities in Shanahan’s offense. Based on the way the Saints run defense looks, they should find some success right out of the gate as well.

The other big news in the new depth chart is that Josh Morgan has been elevated to starter status in place of Leonard Hankerson. The two players rotated frequently during preseason, which suggests that the starter status doesn’t mean much more there than it does at running back.

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19 Responses to “Evan Royster listed first on depth chart, but doesn’t buy it”
  1. hutch119 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:22 PM

    I hate Shanahanigans. Just pick a back and tell us who it is.

  2. bleedingreen says: Sep 3, 2012 7:29 PM

    If I’m a RB for the Skins, I would want to know where I stand well before a day before the game

  3. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 3, 2012 7:55 PM

    Royster seems to have a pretty good grasp on Mike Shanahan’s reputation when it comes to following things like depth charts when it comes to divvying up playing time for running backs.
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    I don’t remember Terrell Davis and Clinton Portis divvy up much playing time with other backs.

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 3, 2012 7:59 PM

    I wouldn’t be upset if I were him. At any moment Hightower or Slaton could fill his role. He should be content with being an option under this great coach.

  5. jgava19 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:04 PM

    Hightower got released. Helli’

  6. jgava19 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:05 PM

    *Hello

  7. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 3, 2012 8:20 PM

    I know. I’m just saying, should Royster slip up, others can come in and fill his role.

  8. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Sep 3, 2012 8:32 PM

    Three guys that would be 2nd/3rd RBs on other teams. The truth is they are so equally mediocre Shanny can’t tell them apart.

    Hankerson, Morgan & Garcon… good name for a Law Firm, absolute garbage of a WR corp.

  9. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 3, 2012 8:39 PM

    No matter what the chart says, he & Helu are both going over 1,000 yards this season.Kyle learned last year the value of the ground game and the Redskins will run like its 1982

  10. jwreck says: Sep 3, 2012 8:44 PM

    hutch119 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:22 PM

    I hate Shanahanigans. Just pick a back and tell us who it is.
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    Don’t think that’s going to happen. Shanny’s style is certainly goofy, but he clearly feels that switching his tailback every week gives him a competitive advantage.

    I don’t get it, you don’t get it, but Mike is being paid more money to play mind games with his tailback depth chart over the next five months than you or I will make in a lifetime.
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    bleedingreen says: Sep 3, 2012 7:29 PM

    If I’m a RB for the Skins, I would want to know where I stand well before a day before the game
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    Similarly, Shanahan running backs really don’t have a lot to complain about. As a coach, the guy gets a lot of hate, but he has turned more late round running backs into 1,000 yard rushers, and subsequent millionaires, than any other coach in history.

  11. jeai757 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:00 PM

    Ya see the thing is he don’t want to let the cat out of the bad. You see all of our running backs have different style of running if he says who it is right now. That gives the saints ample time in figuring out how to stop that specific runner. It’s to our advantage for the defense of the saints not to know. That’s the reason hes not saying

  12. jwreck says: Sep 3, 2012 9:05 PM

    youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Sep 3, 2012 8:32 PM

    Three guys that would be 2nd/3rd RBs on other teams. The truth is they are so equally mediocre Shanny can’t tell them apart.
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    What exactly do Royster and Helu need to do to earn a little respect around the league? Fly?

    The fact is that no tailback on the Washington roster has ever rushed for less than 100 yards in a regular season game he has started. Helu went 108, 100, and 126 in his first three starts, while Royster put up 132 and 113 when Shanny gave him his shot as a starter. Facts are facts. Look it up.

  13. jeai757 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:06 PM

    You have different running styles. Such as north and south runners, side line runners who run to the side and then turn north and you have runners who are just smash mouth runners. For instance if the saints were getting beat by runners who were side line runners obviously we would use that runner for that specific game. Not a north south runner. And if the cowboys were getting beat north south. Then obviously we would use a north south runner say Roy for instance. So like I said they are going to keep it secret until game day. Or the day before.

  14. jeai757 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:12 PM

    A good head coach would know all the weaknesses of a team before they play them. By watching film. Like 1 are their safety’s getting burned. 2 bad defensive line. Running backs dream. Or 3 is the team short passing field weak. There’s different ways to walk into a game situation and come out on top. Httrs!!!!!!! Go skins

  15. laxcoach37 says: Sep 3, 2012 10:29 PM

    Yeah, this all makes sense, but what about MY Fantasy Team. Got stuck with Helu… Fantasy rules say… Never take a Pats or Skins RB! This is why.

  16. warrenpeacephotography says: Sep 3, 2012 11:34 PM

    “I hate Shanahanigans. Just pick a back and tell us who it is.”

    Right, since Shanahan coaches just to please you, hutch. I’m sure he’ll apologize personally soon.

  17. npina111 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:13 AM

    only people who get mad at this are fantasy football players. Why else would this matter? An you gotta be a real idiot to get mad at a coach who screwed your fantasy football team over by not sticking with 1 running back.

  18. orakpocalypse says: Sep 4, 2012 3:30 AM

    We don’t have to tell you jack squat media. Why should Shanahan say whether he is going to run you over with Royster or break your ankles with Helu or pull out a wild card like Morris? Let the man do his thing and you can report on it afterwards, fantasy players be damned.

  19. aljack88 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:35 PM

    orakpocalypse says:
    Sep 4, 2012 3:30 AM
    We don’t have to tell you jack squat media. Why should Shanahan say whether he is going to run you over with Royster or break your ankles with Helu or pull out a wild card like Morris? Let the man do his thing and you can report on it afterwards, fantasy players be damned.
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    NOT dissagreeing with you, but the NFL has been pushing to make itself as popular as possible and “Fantasy Football” is one of those avenues the league has taken. Maybe like in baseball, just prior to the start of games, the “starting lineups” are announced; giving the “Fantasy” players 5 minutes or so to make any player adjustments. I play “Fantasy football” mainly because it keeps more updated on players and teams in the league but I wouldn’t want to see the NFL institute anything just to benefit those fantasy leagues.

    BTW – if you have Helu on your roster, Morris and Royster are still pretty much untaken in most leagues. LOL

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