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Redskins took slow approach with Roy Helu, Perry Riley
Team took slow approach with Helu and Riley
“You put a guy in different situations where it’s pass protection on first-and-10, nickel situations with different types of blitzes,” he said. “It’s screens, it’s different types of routes you have to run. If you’re looking at a young player, especially with no [organized team activities in the offseason], it puts a lot of pressure on him, especially in our scheme. And we felt he was ready. He handled it during the week with very few mistakes.”
Helu downplayed the mental strain, though.
“If anything, it’s the amount of carries that build my confidence,” he said. “Even if they’re going to lay me out for 10 carries, I’m in rhythm and I know exactly on certain schemes where their guys might be. I feel some of the linebackers’ and linemen’s eyes on me and I know a little bit better feel of the game on where to cut.”
Riley agreed that playing time is most beneficial. In practice, his assignments aren’t as clear as they are in games because the Redskins‘ scout team doesn’t know the opponent’s plays as well as the actual opponent.
The experience helps, too. The lesson he learned from surrendering the Witten touchdown is burned into his mind.
“Just keep your eyes on my coverage no matter what the quarterback is doing, what’s going on back there in the pocket,” he said with a smile. “That’s somebody else’s assignment.”
Could he have learned that lesson by playing at the end of last year’s 6-10 campaign? Maybe so.
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