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Roy Helu | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Nebraska
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Roy Helu managed eight yards on four carries but caught two passes for 14 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Helu made his preseason debut after battling injuries early in camp. He worked with the first-team offense, but entered the game behind Latavius Murray and sharing time with Trent Richardson. T-Rich seems like a lock to not make the 53, which would solidify Helu as Murray's top backup. Whether Helu opens the season as Oakland's passing-down back remains to be seen, but he's the Raiders' best option in that role. Aug 30 - 10:57 PM

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Raiders QB Derek Carr said RB Roy Helu can help the team in a lot of ways.

"He's very smart, so he's going to be great in protection," Carr said. "He's also a very good receiving back -- very good hands. He has a good feel in the screen game. There's a lot of things that he does really well." Helu has missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury, but he is back practicing and should open the season as the No. 2 behind Latavius Murray. With the Raiders likely to be trailing in a lot of games, Helu could have a bigger role than expected.
Source: ESPN
Aug 27 - 11:30 AM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio called out RB Roy Helu (hamstring) and LB Sio Moore (hip) for missing practice time.

Both finally resumed practicing Wednesday. It's been increasingly common for coaches this year to use the media in an effort to motivate injured players back into practice. Del Rio stated Helu and Moore are "clearly running short of time" to establish roles before Week 1. Moore has lost his starting job to Malcolm Smith. Helu is still the favorite to back up Latavius Murray.
Aug 26 - 8:17 PM

Roy Helu (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing this week.

The hamstring injury kept Helu out of Oakland's second preseason game. After signing a two-year, $4.1 million deal this offseason, Helu remains the favorite to back up Latavius Murray. Helu may siphon passing-down work from Murray.
Aug 23 - 5:40 PM

Raiders RB Roy Helu has been sidelined over two weeks with an undisclosed injury.

Helu missed his second straight preseason game on Saturday. The Raiders haven't offered up any details on their third-down back's injury. He should be considered questionable for next week's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 22 - 7:37 PM

Roy Helu opened Raiders camp working with the second-team offense.

Undrafted rookie Michael Dyer is working with the threes while Trent Richardson tries to get into shape. Helu is technically Latavius Murray's backup, but should also be Oakland's first-team back on passing downs. We're not entirely ruling out the possibility of Helu pushing Murray to start eventually.
Aug 2 - 9:23 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects Roy Helu to be utilized in a "specialized role" in Oakland.

Latavius Murray and Trent Richardson will battle to be the Raiders' starter. While we wouldn't entirely rule out the possibility of Helu emerging as a factor at lead back, his likeliest role is change-of-pace/passing-down complement. ESPN scout Matt Williamson believes Helu can make an impact similar to Shane Vereen's in New England. Helu will be an RB4/5 in PPR leagues this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 2:29 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with RB Roy Helu on a two-year contract.

If this is the extent of Oakland's offseason running back additions, it will bode well for Latavius Murray's chances of being a workhorse. It's also a nice signing by the Raiders. Helu, 26, has 4.4 straight-line speed and is one of the top pass-catching backs in football. He figures to change the pace behind Murray, and potentially replace him on passing downs. The Raiders intend to install more hurry-up, no-huddle packages under new OC Bill Musgrave. Because Helu is so versatile, he should work well in the fast-paced sets.
Mar 10 - 8:58 PM

The Jets are reportedly showing interest in free agent Roy Helu.

After the re-signing of Bilal Powell, we have to wonder what this might mean for Chris Ivory, who isn't necessarily the greatest fit for new Jets OC Chan Gailey's Pistol Spread. Helu has plus versatility and runs 4.4 at 220 pounds. He would add a spark to the Jets' offense, particularly as a receiver.
Mar 10 - 6:21 PM

The Providence Journal reports the Patriots are interested in free agent RB Roy Helu.

The Patriots are looking for a cheaper replacement for free agent Shane Vereen, who is expected to find more money elsewhere. Helu would qualify after he was seldom-used in Washington behind Alfred Morris. He's a natural pass-catcher and has a career 4.43 YPC average. Helu just turned 26 in December.
Mar 9 - 7:05 PM

NJ.com reports the Giants are interested in free agent RBs Roy Helu and Antone Smith.

The Giants want a playmaking change-of-pace back they can add to their current corps of Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Helu would definitely fit the bill, but could be loath to join a three-man backfield after spending so many years as a backup in Washington. The price would have to be right.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 8 - 5:26 PM

Free agent RB Roy Helu will test the open market.

Helu has been an intriguing player the past few years, but was unable to find more than passing-down work behind Alfred Morris in D.C. He'll look for a bigger role elsewhere, but Helu is going to be hurt by such a robust running-back market. He's still just 26 years old and owns a career 4.43 YPC average.
Mar 4 - 3:02 PM

Roy Helu plans to test free agency.

Helu was limited to 40 carries behind Alfred Morris this year. He's expected to look for a bigger role on the open market. Helu owns a 4.43 YPC over the last four seasons.
Jan 2 - 8:05 PM

Impending free agent Roy Helu said his return to Washington is 50-50.

Helu is excited to hit the open market and he should be. Long underutilized by the Redskins, he's averaged 4.80 YPC while mostly sustaining health over the last two seasons. He's also excelled in the pass game. Helu won't be expensive and can help a ton of teams.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Roy Helu rushed six times for 42 yards in the Redskins' Week 17 loss to the Cowboys, adding four receptions for 41 yards.

Helu's 83 yards from scrimmage were his second most of the season. He closes the book on 2014 the owner of 693 total yards, 477 of which came through the air. Helu is one of the game's very best change-of-pace backs, and owns a career 4.43 YPC. Helu deserves a bigger role, and headed to the open market, could earn one in free agency. If he re-signs with Washington, it will be as lightning to Alfred Morris' thunder.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Christian Ponder
3Matt McGloin
4Cody Fajardo
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Trent Richardson
4Taiwan Jones
5Michael Dyer
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Kris Durham
5Josh Harper
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Rod Streater
3Brice Butler
4Devon Wylie
5Trindon Holliday
WR31Rod Streater
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Brian Leonhardt
5Gabe Holmes
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio