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Every analyst I have read about the running back position says the main decision is basically Roy Helu Jr. vs. Chris Thompson. The thinking is that since Thompson isn’t durable, Helu wins.
I believe Gruden is thinking about it in terms of Roy Helu Jr. vs. Darrell Young. Darrell Young wins because he is a much better blocker (he can take out top rushers like Demarcus Ware), he’s great to power 3rd down and short situations, and most importantly, as a former linebacker, he has something to offer on special teams. Both Helu and Young can catch out of the backfield, though I think Young is a bit better there too.
Gruden likes to keep just one back in the backfield, another reason to put Young in the ‘regular’ running back category.
Neither Young nor Helu has proven the durability to handle too many carries or catches. Young has hamstring issues that often lead to a game or two off each season. Helu could not stay healthy as a main back and ha...