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Redskins camp countdown: No. 29 Roy Helu

Jun 24, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

Helu-vs.-Raiders

We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.

29—Running back Roy Helu

There is no question that Alfred Morris will carry the load for the 2014 Redskins. But over the course of 70 snaps per game, 16 games per season some depth at the position will be necessary and Helu will be relied upon heavily throughout the season. It seems likely that the team’s third running back will be either rookie Lache Seastrunk or second-year player Chris Thompson, who did not take a snap on offense last year. Helu’s experience will come in handy.

They probably don’t want him playing as much as he played last year. In 2013 he took 547 snaps to 611 for Morris. That was because Helu was the back in passing situations and they found themselves trailing and in catch-up mode all too often.

Helu excels in pass protection. Per Pro Football Focus he was responsible for pass blocking on 134 snaps last year and he allowed just one sack.

He did get to handle the ball on occasion last year.

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  1. shermanp79 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I believe Helu is finally going to have a chance for a decent role in the offense. Maybe we will see some of his speed that has been missing if he can get a rhythm. Rather than a couple carries and catches a game. He showed what he could do catching the ball out of the backfield as a rookie. Shanahan wouldn’t take Morris off the field n o matter his limitations and Helu’s strengths. It’s an example how he left packages and plays on the sideline. It also made the Offense predictable. Gruden will change things up and that will help this Offense move the ball and not have such extremes. I look forward to seeing the difference. AS I said 30 points a game needs to be the goal.

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