Mike Shanahan has yet to decide on who the Washington Redskins’ starting running back will be heading into the 2012 season, but that is not a bad problem to have.
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Tim Hightower, Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster are three outstanding, young backs each with their own talent to boast.
Hightower is clearly the most experienced back at the Redskins’ disposal, but his injury history must be a concern. His performance in 2011 was nothing to gloat about either, cooling down dramatically after a hot start to the season.
Helu had some good moments for the Redskins as well late in the season, including three consecutive 100-yard games against the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and New England Patriots. He finished as the team’s leading rusher with 640 yards on 151 carries with just two touchdowns.
Helu will certainly have a case to start after an impressive rookie campaign, but his biggest competition may be fellow second-year back and former Penn State star Evan Roy...