Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 9/15/12
For once, there is no quarterback controversy in Washington. Barring a complete meltdown, RGIII will be the starter for as long as he stays healthy. Rex Grossman is a journeyman backup and will be number two, and the inexperienced but talented rookie Kirk Cousins appears ready to challenge Grossman in the near future. This virtual certainty at that key position has allowed Shanahan to concentrate on other vulnerable positions. Of course, the Redskins wouldn’t be the Redskins without some kind of controversy working against them, and this season, it’s rooted in the backfield. Shanahan and his staff had a tough time cutting back to only three running backs this year. As a longtime ‘Skins fan, I can’t remember a year when there were so many quality backs to choose from. With the exit of Hightower, a regular starter last season, Morris, Royster and Helu will all get more playing time this season. Running game by committee might just work out for the Redskins this year. Helu and Royster each started games last season and exhibited flashes of brilliance. Both are looking for a breakout season. And Alfred Morris appears hungry as well, showing off his talents in the preseason. With the departure of perennial fan favorite Chris Cooley; it appears Fred Davis will step into his shoes. Davis made a good impression on the team last year for his deft blocking abilities at both the tight end and fullback positions. But even the tight end position has depth to it this year with Logan Paulson waiting for an opportunity to shine should Davis falter. In schemes utilizing both a tight end and fullback Darrel Young will get his chance to perform as fullback.
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