Redskins could find significant roles for three backs

The Washington Redskins have not named a starting running back for Sunday’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints yet.

Mike Shanahan might keep that a guessing game all the way until game time.

But three running backs should get significant action at some point during the season. Whether one emerges as a workhorse, well, that is anyone’s best guess. John Keim of the Washington Examiner did a nice job of breaking down the candidates – Evan Royster, Roy Helu and rookie Alfred Morris.

"I like what I've seen in practice. I like what I've seen in the game," Shanahan said. "Each guy's got a little bit different quality. It will be interesting to see these guys compete."

Royster says he thinks the team will keep the backs in the dark until the game arrives. Royster is probably the best inside runner of the bunch but lacks home run power. Helu is the most dangerous runner outside the tackles, capable of big plays but maybe not ready for a heavy dose of carries. Morris brings a little bit of both but he’s a rookie and there are concerns about his ability in pass protection.

Fantasy football owners would sure like some clarity on the issue. They will probably have to wait to see how the season unfolds.

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