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Roy Helu | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Nebraska
Contract: view contract details

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Raiders declared RB Roy Helu, OLB Neiron Ball, TE Gabe Holmes, C Rodney Hudson, T Matt McCants, CB Dexter McDonald and WR Rod Streater inactive for Week 10 against the Vikings.
It's the second week in a row Helu has been a healthy scratch. T.J. Carrie (hip), Amari Cooper (quad), Latavius Murray (concussion), Clive Walford (quad) and Charles Woodson (shoulder) are all active for the Raiders. Nov 15 - 2:52 PM

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Raiders declared RB Roy Helu, CB Dexter McDonald, CB T.J. Carrie, LB Neiron Ball, OL Jon Feliciano, OL Matt McCants and WR Rod Streater inactive for Week 9 against the Steelers.

Helu is a healthy scratch. Helu was viewed as a potentially strong under-the-radar signing, but has made zero impact in Oakland after signing a two-year, $4.1 million contract.
Nov 8 - 11:32 AM

Roy Helu rushed three times for six yards and caught 3-of-6 targets for 12 yards in the Raiders' Week 5 loss to the Broncos.

Helu's role has increased the past two weeks, but he's not doing much with his touches. He's strictly operated as a pass-game specialist, even with Latavius Murray being "banged up" and/or benched. Jamize Olawale has been getting early-down carries over Helu. He has no value in 12-14 team leagues.
Oct 11 - 8:14 PM

Roy Helu rushed five times for 22 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 13 yards and a touchdown Week 4 against the Bears.

All but one of Helu's touches came with Latavius Murray relegated to the sideline either by injury or benching following a fourth-quarter fumble. Helu capitalized on the work, but he should return to a seldom-used backup next week against the Broncos.
Oct 4 - 6:21 PM

Roy Helu was active for Week 2 against the Ravens, but didn't touch the football.

Helu made his Raiders debut after being a game-day scratch in Week 1, but was the No. 3 back behind Latavius Murray and Taiwan Jones. Helu remains the preferred handcuff for Murray owners, but currently isn't worth rostering outside of 14-team fantasy leagues purely as a bench stash.
Sep 20 - 7:36 PM

Raiders declared RB Roy Helu, WR Brice Butler, CB Dexter McDonald, G/C Jon Feliciano, T/G Matt McCants, TE Gabe Holmes, and DE Benson Mayowa inactive for Week 1 against the Bengals.

Aldon Smith is active. Helu was recently listed third on the Raiders' tailback depth chart behind Latavius Murray and Taiwan Jones.
Sep 13 - 3:07 PM

Roy Helu is listed as the third-team back on the Raiders' initial depth chart.

Taiwan Jones is listed as the No. 2 behind Latavius Murray. Ever injury prone, Helu was slowed by a hamstring injury for much of camp, and limited to 11 preseason carries for eight yards. We still expect him to serve as Murray's change-of-pace complement, but this is a not-so-subtle hint from the Raiders that he needs to stay off the trainer's table and on the practice field. Helu is an end-of-bench type in 14-team PPR leagues.
Sep 8 - 2:53 PM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Taiwan Jones
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Rod Streater
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Seth Roberts
WR31Seth Roberts
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
LT1Donald Penn
2Khalif Barnes
LG1Gabe Jackson
2Jon Feliciano
C1Rodney Hudson
2Tony Bergstrom
RG1J'Marcus Webb
RT1Austin Howard
2Matt McCants
K1Sebastian Janikowski