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Redskins would like to use Roy Helu more often

Roy Helu Jr. AP

Redskins running back Alfred Morris declared himself good to go this week after bruising his ribs in the team’s Week Four victory over the Raiders, which means that he’ll be taking the lion’s share of the work at running back against the Cowboys this weekend.

Given his 5.3 yards per carry, there’s not likely to be much complaint about that around the team. Having Morris in the lineup means less work for Roy Helu, though, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would like to find a way to remedy that.

“I’d like to get Helu out there more,” Shanahan said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “It’s always a hard thing when you’ve got two guys you believe in and with the success Alf’s had last year and how much we do believe in Alf, so we don’t like to just keep rotating those guys all the time. … You don’t ever want to do that at the expense of another one of your good players.”

Helu had six touches in the first three games before getting 15 against Oakland with Morris out of the game. While the Redskins can spot him on more passing downs or toy with playing him and Morris at the same time, the easiest way to get both backs work is to grab an early lead and milk the clock. Playing from behind, something Washington’s done all too often in their first four games, makes that impossible and it leaves Helu doing less than the team would like.

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  1. obnoxiousDCfan says: Oct 11, 2013 11:57 AM

    Helu is a better natural runner than Morris. Morris took the gold last year because of his work with RGIII and Helu being hurt. If Helu were used more now, he would put up a good argument for not being the starter.

  2. ravanator says: Oct 11, 2013 12:02 PM

    R-Words need to change something up. Next if I was the coach I would bench the terrible starting QB. 1-3 record and don’t look to be getting any better.

    #rayricebestinnfl

  3. onearmsteven says: Oct 11, 2013 12:08 PM

    obnoxiousDCfan says:
    Oct 11, 2013 11:57 AM
    Helu is a better natural runner than Morris. Morris took the gold last year because of his work with RGIII and Helu being hurt. If Helu were used more now, he would put up a good argument for not being the starter.

    wholeheartedly disagree. Helu is an anxious runner. Morris waits for his blocks to get set, makes one quick move, and he’s into the hole. Helu will just run into the back of his blockers before a hole can even be made

  4. nobby821 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    Logicalvoicesays:

    2013 NFC Probowl RBs

    #1 Alfred Morris
    #2 Roy Helu
    #3 AP

  5. wallacejay says: Oct 11, 2013 12:26 PM

    Sounds like Alfred is about to get “Shanahaned”. It was bound to happen sooner or later whether he was producing or not.

  6. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    Helu’s shown quickness, but Morris can take the pounding better… That’s why Morris broke out last year… Helu kept getting banged up. Both can be very productive if the o-line does well AND Kyle calls the appropriate plays

  7. hailrskins says: Oct 11, 2013 1:01 PM

    Your starting RB is averaging 5.2 yards a carry and you’re racking your brain trying to figure out how to give someone else the ball more often.

    That sir, is why you’re 1-3.

  8. jimmyt says: Oct 11, 2013 1:02 PM

    wallacejay, my thoughts exactly. If little Kyle “likes” Helu better, Morris is in trouble.

  9. tvguy22 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:02 PM

    Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.

  10. rickc402 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    WOW an actual article about REDSKINS! Football…..

  11. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 11, 2013 7:12 PM

    onearmsteven says: Oct 11, 2013 12:08 PM

    obnoxiousDCfan says:
    Oct 11, 2013 11:57 AM
    Helu is a better natural runner than Morris. Morris took the gold last year because of his work with RGIII and Helu being hurt. If Helu were used more now, he would put up a good argument for not being the starter.

    wholeheartedly disagree. Helu is an anxious runner. Morris waits for his blocks to get set, makes one quick move, and he’s into the hole. Helu will just run into the back of his blockers before a hole can even be made
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    That sounds a little overly negative towards Helu. It’s simplest to say Helu is the more dynamic playmaker, Morris is the better runningback.

    @wallacejay, jimmyt- See above. There are no backfield shifts or Shanahanigans going on around here, Helu is just an excellent playmaker: something we all knew and were reminded of again in Oakland. Kyle is just talking about getting Helu more involved on offense. I don’t think that means taking any carries away from Morris, I think it just means playing in more two-back sets and maybe working some RB screens into the offense- which, for whatever reason, they don’t do with Morris.

  12. skins1970 says: Oct 11, 2013 7:15 PM

    Roy Helu is a good change of pace RB and is pretty good coming out of the back field on pass plays but he isn’t a starting RB IMO.

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