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Postby stomperrob » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:32 am

I don't see him having any fantasy value anytime soon
Helu Jr. on path to recovery after surgery
April 5, 2013, 4:45 pm


Roy Helu Jr. had surgery on February 5th to correct a lingering injury to his left foot, the Redskins running back said Friday.

Helu got hurt in the season opener in 2012 and, after attempting to play through the discomfort, he eventually landed on the injured reserve list September 26, ending his second NFL season after only three games. The originally diagnosis was a turf toe-like ailment, but when Helu still couldn’t run at full speed in January, and X-rays and MRI exams did not reveal any structural damage, he began searching for answers.

“In January, I hit a road block, where I couldn’t sprint but everything else was great. I could jog at a high pace, I just couldn’t sprint,” Helu said in a phone conversation. "I made the decision to see what was wrong. I just knew my body was telling me that, with this amount of time, I should be recovered.”

After visiting with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, Helu opted for a surgical procedure.

“Off of an instinct that something was wrong, we went into surgery,” Helu said. “And we found out there was damaged cartilage [near the big toe] that was causing the problem, but it wasn’t showing up on anything. Thankfully we found it and now it’s gone. The road to recovery this time, since February, has been a lot better.”

Helu ran for the first time since the surgery on Tuesday, and based on how he’s feeling, he said he's aiming to be “without limitations” at the start of OTAs on May 20th.

“I’ve been recuperating from the runs really well the next day, so I've been able to run again,” Helu said. “I was very encouraged about what it felt like to run again, and the condition I was in. So it’s looking like a good recovery so far.”

If Helu’s recovery stays on target, it’s possible he’ll become an important part of the Redskins’ offense next season. He’s a versatile, change-of-pace back who could complement rugged runner Alfred Morris quite nicely.

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Postby stomperrob » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:42 pm

Roy Helu continues to "have the edge" for the Redskins' backup running back job.
Per the Washington Post, Helu is being used on standard run plays, option pitches, and as a receiver out of the backfield. He's finally over the toe and Achilles' issues that have bothered him since late in the 2011 season. If Helu can sustain health for another month, he's going to enter the season as the Redskins' passing-down back and direct backup to Alfred Morris. Aug 1 - 11:18 AM
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Postby stomperrob » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:02 pm

Roy Helu Jr. pass blocking his way to third-down RB role
By Rich Campbell - The Washington Times
August 6, 2013, 03:13PM


RICHMOND—Pass protection is a crucial part of a third-down running back’s responsibilities. The Redskins attempted a pass on 148 of their 190 third downs last season, so it’s an ability coaches demand from the running backs.

Roy Helu Jr. has done well in that regard this summer as he tries to win the third-down back role. Not only does he catch the ball well overall, he pass blocked particularly well during team drills on Tuesday.

On one play, he came across the formation to pick up blitzing safety Brandon Meriweather. Later, he slid to his left and squared up outside linebacker Brian Orakpo on the edge. Near the end of practice, he stuffed linebacker Will Compton’s A-gap blitz.

Now in his third training camp, Helu is comfortable recognizing where the rush is coming from, which is as critical an element as any for a pass-blocking running back.

“A lot has to do with just facing up blitzes,” Helu said after Tuesday’s practice. “Knowing where they’re coming from helps way more to get in position.”

When Helu first joined the Redskins as a fourth-round pick in 2011, he tended to duck his head when blocking, and he sometimes got off balance. On Tuesday, however, he squared his shoulders to the defender and didn’t lunge.

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