The Washington Redskins kicked off 2012 training camp today. Despite the addition of quarterback Robert Griffin III, the attention on offense has been revolving around the running back position.
With several potential starters on the roster, including Roy Helu Jr., Tim Hightower and Evan Royster, the speculation has been swirling all offseason as to who would win the No. 1 gig.
When the Redskins training camp got under way, Royster reportedly took the first-team reps at running back while Helu filled in with the second-team duties. Hightower is seven months removed from ACL surgery, leaving doubt that the most experienced of the group might not be ready when the regular season rolls around.
With so many questions surrounding the position, the Redskins could potentially be looking at a veteran signing in hopes of alleviating some of the lingering pains. And at this point in the offseason, there are still a number of potential additions.
Of the options available for the Redskins, veterans Ryan Grant and Cedric Benson appear to be the most likely candidates. The two have been suffered from a cold running back market since free agency kicked off back in March. The market, however, will certainly be heating up as injuries and lack of development set in.
Both would bring experience and consistency to the offense that the Redskins currently don’t seem to be expecting from any of their current running backs. We’ll see soon enough whether or not the Redskins see it necessary to bring in extra help.