Washington’s Backfield to Look a Lot Different in 2011

Mike Jones of the Washington Post says the Redskins backfield will clearly look different in 2011 as the team parted ways with veteran running back Clinton Portis in March and drafted rookies Roy Helu from Nebraska and Evan Royster from Penn State.

Ryan Torain led the team with 742 yards and four touchdowns, but he missed four games with a hamstring injury. There are concerns about his durability. In three seasons, he has yet to play a full 16 games.

Shanahan is high on both Helu and Royster and states they will both be in the mix for the starting job. Helu is a speedster capable of hitting a crease and taking off. Royster has a fluid running motion, and Shanahan said he found himself rewinding film over and over to figure out how the Northern Virginia product was able to amass so many yards with such ease. Shanahan compared Helu to a young Portis and Royster to Terrell Davis.

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