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Helu takes advantage of opportunity

Oct 1, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

Helu-vs.-Raiders

Mike Shanahan always likes to talk about players taking advantage of opportunities when they get them. He has said that he likes to give a reserve player who steps in and performs when he is needed additional opportunities down the line.

If that is the case, look for Roy Helu Jr. to get the ball in his hands a little more often as the season goes on. He stepped in for an injured Alfred Morris and made two critical plays to clinch the Redskins’ first game of the year.

The plays came back to back. On the first one he improvised a pass route as Robert Griffin III scrambled to his right. Helu turned a 10-yard pass into 28 yards when he turned up field and hurdled a would-be tackler. On the next play, Helu dashed up the middle to score from 14 yards out to give them a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

“When Roy did get his opportunities … I was really pleased with him because he was ready both in the running game and the passing game,” said Shanahan. “You could see his speed, his strength, and he took advantage of a couple of opportunities to get some big plays.”

But will he get more opportunities? He might, according to Kyle Shanahan.

“You never know, you see how the game plays out, what you’re getting, what plays you call,” the Redskins’ offensive coordinator said. “We know Helu’s a good player, we know what he did his rookie year here. You can tell that he’s healthy and that he’s the same guy he was his rookie year. I would like to give him the ball more and I think he’s done a good job with it. Hopefully it works out for him and we expect him to do what he did [against Oakland].”

As a rookie in 2011, Helu led the team in rushing, picking up 640 yards on 151 carries.

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Good to see Helu making plays.

    We’re 1 and 3, we need everyone who can make a play!
    ~

  2. rg3knees - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I have been begging for more Helu. They need to incorporate him into the offense more. Obviously, A. Morris is a powerful downhill runner, but we also need someone that can break it to the outside. I like Royster also, but he is inactive most of the time. I love how Orakpo and Kerrigan played last week. Kerrigan is a fu*k*** beast!

    Kerrigan is the best player on the defense. Way to go Kerrigan!

  3. redskinsnameisheretostay - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I really want to see both Morris and Helu in a two back offense. A triple threat zone read option with those two and RG3 would pose serious mismatch issues on defenses. Their alternative styles would especially keep defenses off balance. You have Morris a patient power back who is ideal on zone blocking where he’ll hit that hole at the last second and run through tackles. Helu on the other hand hits the whole faster and hard sometimes too fast when he doesn’t allow the blocking up front to develop. However, his quick fit allow him to adjust and create his own openings. He won’t be as hard to put down as Morris but he’ll be much harder to catch in open field. Also the Helu is a much better receiver out of the back field than most give him credit for. Finally they both are good blocking backs so they would complement each other nicely when the other has the ball. Once RG3 can return to form and show he is a real threat throwing the ball, expect these two RBs to be the best combination next to Foster/Tate out there in Houston.

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