In their 23-6 preseason defeat of the New England Patriots the Washington Redskins rushed for 177 yards on the ground. And nearly every running back who carried the ball had some success doing so. But with the top position belonging to Alfred Morris the remaining spots at running back are up for grabs. And who gets those spots right now has yet to be determined.Backup Roy Helu, reserves Evan Royster, Silas Redd, and Lache Seastrunk performed well against the Patriots. Only Running back Chris Thompson didn’t but head coach Jay Gruden stated he hurt his ankle. So that may have hindered his performance. However, all that did was open the door for others to step through and boy did they ever.
Especially rookies Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk. Each took turns in the second half flashing their skills as runners and receivers. Redd ran hard and with conviction and Seastrunk showed off his quickness and game breaking ability. Helu had his moments in the first half running and catching. And Royster got some some tough yards. Fullback Darrel Young flashed a some plays as well.
So now the competition at running back is extremely fierce and I expect Thompson to come back with a strong performance in the next game to try to take his lead for third spot back. Because Redd and Seastrunk have made a move after the first game. And Jay Gruden has stated that Helu’s backup spot isn’t safe either. So they’ll have to keep on improving.
Because all of these running backs have talent and look like they can be effective if given the chance. And if each one continues to perform at a high level, Gruden and his staff will have a tough decision in determining which ones don’t make the team. But that’s a good problem to have.