Now we know why Evan Royster doesn’t believe his eyes when they see that the depth chart has his name at the top of it.
Even with Tim Hightower gone, the Redskins have three running backs who can get the job done. (Which explains why Hightower is gone.)
So with Royster and Roy Helu and Alfred Morris on the roster, who will be the lead dog? It depends.
“I’m comfortable with all three,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “There is no set philosophy.”
This means that it can be any, some, or all of them who gets the bulk of the carries in a given game, based on which guy gets hot. Or, eventually which guy gets injured.
One guy who will do some running that they don’t want to see injured is quarterback Robert Griffin III. Shanahan said he “holds his breath” every time Griffin runs. That said, Shanahan wants Griffin to be willing to run.
But presumably not more than the tailback who has the hot hand.