With a 126-yard performance on the ground Sunday, Redskins running back Roy Helu served notice that he’s here to stay on offense. It was his third-consecutive 100-yard game, which has been well-publicized as a franchise first for a rookie, a draft-class high, and the first of any Redskins back since Portis went five-straight in 2008.
But after the game, Roy wouldn’t hear the praise. He attributed his success to his teammates, his line–even his backup Evan Royster. The only thing that he would take credit for was his preparation during the week and film study–everything else was deferred to others.
Here were a few of his answers:
On continued success: “The offensive line played their butts off. All credit to them.”
On going three straight: “It’s pretty cool. All credit to the linemen, they did pretty great…Honestly, today I felt like it was a gift from the offensive line, and DY played his tail off.”
On the confidence Shanahan has in rookies: “I’m impressed with Coach Shanahan’s confidence in us. I think a lot of us had experience going into the game. I think Evan Royster did a good job doing that as well.”
For some well-deserved appreciation, we turn to Helu’s head coach, who addressed his contributions on offense, yesterday.
“He’s a guy that really looks forward to playing,” Shanahan said. “He doesn’t make mistakes, and when he does make a mistake, it really hurts him.”
Helu proved that with his laundry list of things that he feels he can improve going into next week.
“I need to work on a whole bunch of stuff: being disciplined in pass protection, while running and accelerating my feet on contact,” Helu said. “We played a lot of fullback in there and I missed a lot of holes. But when I did him them, it’s due to home blocking so well…I think today I can definitely look at some game film and improve.”
Watching a young man speak in we’s and they’s rather than I’s and me’s is refreshing, to say the least. It’s just unusual for the media to force credit on someone that’s clearly deserving.