The first time I talked to former Nebraska and current Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu, we were on the same plane back from the 2011 scouting combine. Meeting and talking to this very humble player got me watching his game tape, and I was impressed with his raw speed and ability to make plays in the passing game.
We did a podcast together in March, and I took note when the Redskins took him in the fourth round of the draft this year. Not knowing what Mike Shanahan's running back rotation would look like, I wondered what kind of reps Helu would get.
He had to wait his turn, but after the season-ending injury to starter Tim Hightower and other roster churnage at the position, Helu finally got his first real shot against the Seattle Seahawks in week 12.
How did he do? Ask Seahawks cornerback Roy Lewis, who got posterized when Helu jumped right over him on the way to his first NFL rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 23-17 win.
"Before the play went on, I ...