As reported last week, Tim Hightower is still recovering from the ACL injury that ended his season last October. The Washington Redskins coaches are giving Hightower limited reps and will not commit to him as their starter. There are still concerns over how explosive Hightower can cut and accelerate off his left knee. If Tim Hightower isn’t healthy by week 1, 2nd year back – Evan Royster has been rumored as the possible replacement as Washington’s primary back against the New Orleans Saints. Royster took 1st team reps with the running backs in certain drills during training camp which started today.
The Redskins have had internal talks about adding another back to compete during training camp. Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant are the likely targets.
This makes you wonder, how confident are the Redskins in their group of running backs? There’s been rumors that Washington has concerns over how durable Roy Helu Jr. would be with a huge workload, and though Royster has flashed great ability, it’s uncertain if he’s ready for a huge workload.
After being called up from the practice squad late last season, Evan Royster finished the year with two consecutive 100-yard games. He racked up 132 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in week 16 and 113 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles week 17. Royster’s 132 yards in week 16 was the team’s highest rushing total since Ryan Torain ran for 135 yards in week 4.
I believe the Redskins backfield will shape up during training camp, but it is possible that the adds another veteran option.
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