Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (26) carries the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive back Jim Leonhard (30) chases in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins Final Roster Battles - Running back

Redskins Roster Battles – Running back

Chris Thompson vs. Evan Royster vs. Lache Seastrunk vs. Silas Redd

This will be a tough decision here.  Alfred Morris and Roy Helu have solidified their spots at the top of the depth chart but the remaining positions are still up for grabs.  Chris Thompson fits more of the mold of the change of pace back and receiver out of the backfield that Jay Gruden is looking to add to his offense.

Thompson has the speed, and the receiving ability to add another element that Morris and Helu don’t have.  He just can’t stay healthy.  Evan Royster has shown signs that he may be able to handle a bigger role, but he’s not a change of pace running back.  The same can be said for undrafted free agent Silas Redd.

But Redd just may be the hardest runner on the team other than Alfred Morris.  And what if Morris goes down with an injury.  You may need someone like Redd who can pick up those tough yards.  Rookie Lache Seastrunk has flashed some potential in leading the Redskins in rushing for the preseason but he still has a way to go as a receiver.

Seastrunk could still develop into that change of pace back in time, so he’s a good practice squad candidate.  And the Redskins will undoubtedly look to try to stash a few of the running backs they cut on the practice squad.  However, there’s no guarantee they’ll not get signed by another team before the Redskins can do it.

So this makes the decision-making even tougher.  If Chris Thompson performs well in the last preseason game that should give him an edge.  But I expect this to go down to the wire.  With each running back doing everything in their power to make the team.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out against Tampa Bay.

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