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The Redskins are set at the top of their running back depth chart but the reserves could be the ones who play special teams the best.
After a promising rookie year, Evan Royster has spent two seasons buried on the bench. Can he revive his NFL career under Jay Gruden?
Redskins running back Evan Royster will finish the season on injured reserve after suffering a high ankle sprain Sunday.
Royal and Redskins running back Royster grew up together in Fairfax County. They helped Westfield High to a Group AAA, Division 6 state championship in 2003 and both went on to college success at Virginia Tech and Penn State, respectively. But this week will be just Royal's third game in his hometown.
Ryan Grant had already worked out for the Bears and was in Chicago on the way to take a physical when he had to make a choice. Along with that possibility, the Washington Redskins put in an offer.
Even after cutting Tim Hightower, the Washington Redskins believe in their depth at running back with Roy Helu Jr., Evan Royster and rookie Alfred Morris. All three are healthy and eager to contribute in Week 1 and beyond. So who will get the bulk of the carries Sunday at the New Orleans Saints?
All you can ask of any NFL preseason game is that (a.) players who need the work get the work; and (b.) everybody emerges with with their limbs and faculties intact. Well, everybody important, at least.
This was a preseason of attrition for Washington Redskins running backs. Tim Hightower wasn't 100 percent after knee surgery last fall, Roy Helu Jr. missed time with sore Achilles tendons and Evan Royster felt soreness in his right knee.
Evan Royster is riding a two-game 100-yard streak. He put up 113 in the Washington Redskins' season finale a year ago. He ran for an impressive 132 the week before that.