Shenanigans Could Affect the Washington Redskins' Backfield

By Thomas Ford
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Why does Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan make things so hard for fans to understand?  Which running back will the Redskins use this year the most, and when?  Which quarterback will play in the 2013 NFL season?

Well, let’s just try to examine the running back situation.

Last year, Shanahan selected RB Alfred Morris in the sixth round.  Well, with fourth round 2011 draft pick RB Roy Helu Jr. seeming to be in place for the starting job, Shanahan gave the the start to Morris.  That was some Shenanigans, but it worked.  Morris put up 1,613 yards on 335 attempts for a stellar average of 4.8 yards per carry.  He also had 13 touchdowns.  What a stud!

However, Morris only caught 11 passes for 77 yards and no touchdowns.  Obviously, he was not much of a receiver, but he did play on third downs.  This year, Helu, who spent most of last year with leg injuries and turf toe, will become the third down back, with a chance to be even more.

“Roy is a legit back,” Shanahan stated.  “He can help us a lot. He can do a little bit of everything. He’s a little different than (Morris). He’s definitely a faster running back. He’s good out of the backfield. He’s got good hands, and I think he can really complement and help him out.”

No matter how good Morris was last year, Shanahan will play whoever is performing better.  So far this preseason, Helu is playing amazing.

“I’m real excited about Roy,” Shanahan went on.  “He’s looked healthy since he came back and he showed that to all you guys versus Tennessee.”

Prepare for Shenanigans in the Redskins’ 2013 backfield.

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