August 19, 2019

Washington Redskins Season Preview Part II: Running Backs

All this week leading up to the Washington Redskins 2014 season opener against the Houston Texans on Sept. 7, District Sports Page is taking an in-depth look at the players that will make up the 53-man roster to start the season in a position-by-position breakdown.

Monday, Neal Dalal took a look at the Quarterback position.

Tuesday, we examine the situation at running back. Who will be the third down back, who didn’t make the team and just how deep are the Redskins in the backfield.


Alfred Morris runs away from the Bucs in 2013 en route to a TD in Skins 24-22 win. (photo Brian Murphy)

As expected, Alfred Morris, the third-year player out of Florida Atlantic, will be on the first team. Morris, like almost all of the rest of the team, experienced a decline in numbers last year compared to 2012. However, the decline came with 59 fewer rushing attempts, and Morris’ average only went down two tenths of a yard. In the preseason, he played in the team’s first three games, turning 22 rushing attempts into 85 yards with no touchdowns.

Second-string back Roy Helu will get the third down job; he had 15 attempts for 52 yards this preseason. Helu is entering his fourth year in the league, and is coming off a year where he picked up 274 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

Rookie Silas Redd went undrafted in May out of Southern California, and will be on the third string. He played in all four of the Redskins’ preseason games and carried the ball 34 times for a team-high 157 yards and a touchdown.

The team made several notable cuts over the weekend at this position, as Chris Thompson, Lache Seastrunk and Evan Royster were told to clean out their lockers.

Thompson saw third-down time during Washington’s final preseason game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while many believed that Sesatrunk had all but wrapped up an active roster position with his performances against the Baltimore Ravens and Buccaneers.

Thompson was eventually signed to the practice squad, while head coach Jay Gruden said, “It’s not over for Lache. I’m sure somebody will get a look at him and it could be us later on. … Lache had his big-play abilities and he’s a good running back.”

Although many expected the Redskins to go with four running backs to ensure backfield depth, there isn’t a lack of talent at the position. Morris had a stellar rookie year and after the disaster that was 2013, it’s safe to expect him to return to a certain level of greatness, even if it’s not at the level of his first campaign.

Helu has shown previous flashes of brilliance and is a solid choice for third down. Not many are sure of what to expect from Redd in his rookie year, but his on-field influence won’t be felt much either way with the talent ahead of him on the depth chart.


Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. He contributes on high school sports as a freelancer for his hometown newspaper, InsideNova.com. Eric was sports editor and men’s basketball beat writer for Longwood University’s The Rotunda for two years. He hosted his own radio show for three years on the campus radio station, while calling basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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  1. […] Monday, Neal Dalal took a look at the Quarterback position. Tuesday, Eric Hobeck examined the situation at running back. […]

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  4. […] Part I, Neal Dalal took a look at the Quarterback position. In Part II, Eric Hobeck examined the situation at running back. In Part III, Joe Mercer previewed the wide receiver corps. In Part IV, Joe Ziegengeist evaluated […]

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