Redskins Review Blog: Running Back/ Fullback


By PFC Redskins Blogger Dujunnea Bland

Mike Shanahan looks like a genius after the season Alfred Morris had. Morris was taken in the sixth round of the draft out of Florida Atlantic University. No one had any idea that this guy would be starting for the Redskins this year especially since Tim Hightower and Roy Helu were on the roster.

Morris had one of the best years by a running back this year and one of the best years for a Redskins running back since Clinton Portis. Morris carried the ball 335 times for 1,613 yard and 13 touchdowns. The only negative thing about Morris was his string of fumbles down the stretch of the 2012 season. On the Bright side the problem wasn’t persistent as they went into the last few games of the season and the playoffs.

Morris backups Royster and Helu Jr (placed on IR) did very little for the team this year. Evan Royster managed to have 23 Carries for 88 yards and 2 TD’s this season and Helu was replaced by Ryan Grant then Keiland Williams. This unit can’t do anything but improve next year, with Helu coming back and given he is healthy he could provide another element to this running back core.

Darrel Young proved himself to be one of the game’s top blocking fullbacks in just his third season in the league. Although he only gained 60 yards on the ground and caught two touchdowns, he contributed on special teams and helped pave the way for the NFL’s top running attack.

Young will be a restricted agent, but with that being said I can’t see the Redskins not getting a deal done with him. Darrel Young is 25 years old and has done an amazing job in replacing fan favorite and bruiser Mike Sellers.

The Redskins are set at these positions and I think will be a strong point for years to come. Royster and Helu are locked up for 2 more seasons and Morris is signed through 2016.