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Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:20:26 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (knee) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 10.
Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14:50:24 -0700
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (illness) missed practice Saturday, Aug. 9, due to an illness. RB Roy Helu (knee) and RB Chris Thompson (ankle) were out as well. All players are expected to return soon.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:28:49 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr. is seen as a better pass catcher than RB Evan Royster by some of the coaches, which should help his chance to make the final roster.
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:38:15 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu will receive competition from RBs Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk for the role of third-down running back. Helu is criticized for rarely getting more than what defenses give him, and the coaching regime who selected him out of college are no longer with the organization. It is expected Helu will win the job because the other two are unproven in pass-protection situations at the NFL level.
Fantasy Tip: Helu is a RB5/6 with more value in PPR leagues, and obvious handcuff for Alfred Morris, if he wins the job. Seastrunk could be worth a late-round flier in deep leagues, if he proves he is a capable pass blocker during training camp. Thompson is undraftable at this point.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:37:26 -0800
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu will see his base salary increase from $645,000 in 2013 to $1,389,000 in 2014.
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:10:01 -0800
Washington Redskins beat writer John Keim feels that RB Roy Helu is set to be the team's third-down back.
Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:22:39 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu carried 11 times for 41 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears, and he added one reception for five yards.
Fantasy Tip: Helu saw 11 carries, with fellow tailback Alfred Morris rushing 19 times. Helu is eating into the touches for Morris, although he shouldn't be overvalued from a fantasy perspective based upon this performance. He remains useful only as an RB3 or flex play option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:21:22 -0700
The Washington Redskins remain committed to RB Alfred Morris and the running game, despite the fact that they are averaging only 22.25 running plays per game compared to 32.43 last season. Morris' 5.3 yards per carry in 2013 are higher than his first four games last season, but he's only averaging 14 carries per contest, and his 296 rushing yards ranks him as tied for 16th in the league. Two blowout losses forced the 'Skins to abandon the running game early. "We believe in the running game," head coach Mike Shanahan said.
"We always believe we're going to have a great game plan, and usually teams that can run the football have a lot of success. We always have that philosophy and hopefully this week, we can get back to where we've been running the football, and play-action game and those types of things." RB Roy Helu took over when Morris was injured in Week 4 and had 13 carries for 41 yards. Morris' ribs are "a little" sore, but he expects to play in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Tip: The Cowboys could present a nice opportunity for the 'Skins to get the ground game moving in the right direction if the passing game can keep Dallas back on their heels enough to open some running lanes. Morris is a good play. Helu could also see enough work but is more of a handcuff option for Morris owners.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:46:26 -0700
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday, Aug. 27, that RB Roy Helu has secured the primary backup job behind RB Alfred Morris.
Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:46:54 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu will be used as the third-down back, which will showcase his pass blocking and his ability to catch the ball.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:14:38 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu has been performing well in pass protection drills during training camp. Helu is looking to win the third-down running back role this season.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:39:24 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 2 running back job. The team has been using him in standard running plays, option pitches and as a receiver out of the backfield because they want to take advantage of his speed and catching ability.
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:41:52 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (knee, toe) was making cuts near the end of OTAs. He's expected to be completely healthy entering the season.
Fantasy Tip: Helu has flashed the talent, but he hasn't been healthy enough to flaunt it. We can't expect much at this point, but keep his name in the back of your mind.
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:47:52 -0700
The Washington Redskins are sorting out their RB depth chart. Roy Helu seems like the best fit for changeup work, and he has improved in his pass protection. Evan Royster will have to be beaten out for his roster spot. Rookie Chris Thompson (knee) would be a solid fit for triple-option reads and third-down plays, as well, but he needs to heal following a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Plus, he needs to gain experience in picking up blitzes. Jawan Jamison, another first-year player, looks to be more in the mold of Royster.
Fantasy Tip: Royster seems like he'd be the best fill-in for Alfred Morris as the main back, but Helu will be the likeliest to have an every-week role if everyone is healthy. But with Mike Shanahan running things, you can't cement a hierarchy.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:12:23 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu could serve as the third-down, change-of-pace back in 2013. Helu is familiar with the pistol offense, running it regularly when he played at Nebraska.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:31:20 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (foot, Achilles') said it has been a long time since he has felt as healthy as he currently does after participating in practice Thursday, June 6. Head coach Mike Shanahan was happy to have him back on the practice field. "It's fun to have him out there," Shanahan said. "Hopefully he keeps on getting better and better. In the meantime, we have a guy that weighs 225 pounds [the Redskins list Helu at 215]. He's under that 4.5 40, has the receiving skills and the opportunity to make the big play. So it's good to have him back and a chance to compete."
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 08:14:59 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) is participating in camp for the first time Thursday, June 6.
Thu, 30 May 2013 14:38:51 -0700
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) has begun throwing, planting his feet, and taking seven-step drops. Griffin threw to WR Pierre Garcon, TE Fred Davis and RB Roy Helu. "Those are guys we'll lean heavily on in the season," Griffin said. "I'll build chemistry with them and get a feel for how Jordan and Chris play and continue to work with Fred and get back with Pierre. He's the guy… I want to make sure me and him are on the same page. He's a big-play receiver who can do a lot of things. It's good to see him back healthy and doing a lot of stuff."
Fantasy Tip: The good news continues to roll in for Griffin as he continues to work his way back from the knee issue. While there is still a long way to go, the real test will come as training camp and preseason games approach. Continue to monitor his statues, but fantasy football players should be
Mon, 27 May 2013 11:02:18 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (foot) said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:02 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (Achilles', toe) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 23. Helu did get some work in on the side as he rehabs from a toe injury.
Fantasy Tip: It was thought that Helu would be a full go for organized team activities, so Helu should be ready to go as training camp gets closer.
Sun, 19 May 2013 18:32:41 -0700
The Washington Redskins have seven running backs on the roster right now, with only RB Alfred Morris guaranteed of a job in Washington this season. Based on the current roster, it appears RB Evan Royster will be battling Jawan Jamison, and RB Roy Helu Jr. will be battling Chris Thompson for the two running back spots behind Morris.
Sun, 19 May 2013 12:18:49 -0700
Washington Redskins RBs Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison are expected to compete for two roster spots during offseason workouts and training camp. Helu and Thompson are expected to compete for one spot while Royster and Jamison are expected to compete for the other roster spot.
Thu, 16 May 2013 12:19:54 -0700
The Washington Redskins are hoping RB Roy Helu (toe) will be a full participant once organized team activities start next week. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Helu recently had a setback in his recovery from offseason toe surgery.
Fri, 03 May 2013 13:46:07 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee) could start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and could start the season on the list if the injury is still a factor. Thompson is expected to compete with RB Roy Helu for the change-of-pace running back role if he is able to take part in camp.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:35:22 -0700
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said RB Roy Helu (toe) suffered a setback in his recovery from a toe injury.
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:48:32 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu could beat RB Evan Royster for the No. 2 running back job next season because of his speed and pass-catching ability.
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:23:54 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (foot) had surgery on Feb. 5, to correct a lingering foot issue. Helu said he expects to be back at full speed for the start of organized team activities.
Fantasy Tip: It does not sound like this will be much of an issue for Helu in the fall, but monitor his status the rest of the off season and adjust your draft boards accordingly.
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 06:27:46 -0800
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) said he is improving and expects to be ready for offseason workouts.
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:04:36 -0700
The Washington Redskins have placed RB Roy Helu (toe) on Injured Reserve.
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:41:11 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Ryan Grant will add depth to the running back corps with RBs Evan Royster (knee, toe) and Roy Helu Jr. (toe) dealing with injuries. Royster is day-to-day with a strained patella tendon in his right knee, and he also aggravated a pre-existing turf toe injury. Helu is dealing with turf toe and had been limited with an injured Achilles' tendon in the preseason. Royster was limping around Monday, Sept. 24. Helu was wearing a walking boot following the team's Week 3 game, but he's listed as day-to-day, too.
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:07:01 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr. (turf toe) aggravated his turf toe injury in the Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It is a pre-existing injury, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:47:37 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris had 16 carries for a game-high 89 yards in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams. RB Evan Royster had just one carry for four yards, and two catches for seven yards, while RB Roy Helu Jr. did not even have one carry, and he had one catch for no gain.
Fantasy Tip: Morris appears to have a strangehold on the top tailback job, but that can change at the drop of the hat with head coach Mike Shanahan. Still, fantasy owners can feel confident using Morris as an RB2 or 'flex' play heading into Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals in a very favorable matchup.
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:18:03 -0700
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that RB Alfred Morris is the starting running back. Shanahan also said that he still believes in RBs Roy Helu and Evan Royster.
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 16:32:31 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr. carried just two times for two yards in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, and he added three receptions for 25 yards. RB Evan Royster carried just two times for 10 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Helu and Royster were definitely overshadowed by RB Alfred Morris, who rumbled for 96 yards and two touchdowns. If you're an unfortunate fantasy owner who has Helu or Royster on a roster, don't panic just yet. Head coach Mike Shanahan is very fickle with his RBs. However, the explosion by Morris likely gives him the majority of the carries in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, so Helu and Royster should be benched until further notice.
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 07:53:52 -0700
Washington Redskins rookie RB Alfred Morris is expected to start during Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints. Morris was the team's most impressive back during the preseason.
Fantasy Tip: Don't get too excited. Coach Mike Shanahan is no stranger to using a committee approach during the game. Even if Morris starts, that doesn't guarantee he will be given the majority of the touches. He, Roy Helu and Evan Royster are all RB3 material with plenty of risk.
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 18:13:38 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu is listed as the second running back on the team's Week 1 depth chart released Monday, Sept. 3.
Sat, 01 Sep 2012 18:10:22 -0700
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan indicated Saturday, Sept. 1, that he has settled on a starting running back for Week 1, but he is keeping it a secret. He said RBs Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster have made "tremendous progession" in pass protection, so the starter is believed to be one of the two.
Fantasy Tip: Helu, Royster and undrafted rookie RB Alfred Morris are each expected to see touches in the opener against the New Orleans Saints. This type of secretive behavior by Shanahan gives fantasy owners fits. Look for Shanny to play the hot hand throughout the season, so be prepared to shuffle your lineup accordingly.
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:07:12 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (Achilles') carried 15 times for 90 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns in the preseason finale Wednesday, Aug. 29, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also added a pair of receptions for 34 yards.
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:22:13 -0700
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said RBs Evan Royster, Roy Helu, Tim Hightower and Alfred Morris still have a chance to win the starting running back job.
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:37:35 -0700
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said RBs Roy Helu (Achilles') and Evan Royster (knee) will not play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25, because of injuries.
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:07:05 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said RB Roy Helu (Achilles') did not do much in practice Wednesday, Aug. 22. "He didn't do too much today. A little bit, but not a lot," Shanahan said. RB Tim Hightower (knee) practiced with the scout team and did more.
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:19:56 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (Achilles') said he was doing a lot better, and took part in practice Wednesday, Aug. 22. Helu said he was able to do everything.
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:47:08 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (Achilles') is likely to miss the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:56:10 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (Achilles') missed practice Monday, Aug. 13, with Achilles' tendonitis, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:39:53 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (undisclosed) missed practice Monday, Aug. 13.
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:38:18 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Evan Royster looked like the best back in the team's training camp last week, according to ESPN.com's Dan Graziano. People from the organization have given Graziano the impression that they believe Royster has a higher ceiling than RB Roy Helu, if each is healthy. They also think highly of rookie RB Alfred Morris, who isn't out of the mix, in part because health is their chief concern regarding both Royster and Helu.
If Tim Hightower (knee) is healthy, he remains the starting running back.
Head coach Mike Shanahan likes to give his backs something close to a full workload in the preseason in order to evaluate them, which probably means that Royster will play the majority of the Redskins' preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 9. It might be difficult to assess Royster in the upcoming contest because FB Darrel Young (hamstring), OT Jammal Brown (hips) and OG Kory Lichtensteiger (knee) are out, and OG Chris Chester (ankle) may not play.
Fantasy Tip: In other words, don't read too much into who's starting in the first preseason contest. Fantasy players should file the reported opinions of Washington personnel in their memory banks, however.
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:02:21 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu has stood out early in training camp. He has a better burst than the team's other backs competing for the starting running back duties.
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:01:56 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Evan Royster is trying to take over the team's No. 1 running back duties. To win the starting job, he has to outperform RBs Roy Helu and Tim Hightower. "We're all trying to do that. So it's going to be tough," Royster said. "You can't tackle him," head coach Mike Shanahan said about Royster. "He makes people miss. He knows how to cut and he knows when to cut." Royster said he feels comfortable in the offense. He did note that the one thing he wants to improve on is his conditioning, as he felt he wasn't as prepared physically as he needed to be last season.
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:14:36 -0700
Washington Redskins coaches still have some questions about RB Roy Helu. Helu struggles to consistently pick up chunks of yardage, and the team would like to see him do more than just take what's there and be able to make something out of nothing. There also are questions about his durability. Injuries hampered Helu late last season and kept him out of most of offseason workouts. Head coach Mike Shanahan said the questions about Helu's durability will remain until he can prove otherwise.
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:49:25 -0700
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu could be limited to 10 to 15 carries a game this season because the team is concerned about his durability.