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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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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

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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 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.
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

Roy Helu (toe) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Helu should be ready to return as the Redskins' pass-catching back after a one-game absence. That means Chris Thompson will head back to the bench.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Roy Helu (toe) did not practice Wednesday.

Helu is expected to miss at least one week with turf toe, and could be placed on injured reserve. Silas Redd will back up Alfred Morris against the Giants.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 06:34:00 PM

Roy Helu has been diagnosed with turf toe, and is expected to miss at least one week.

Helu didn't touch the ball in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He'll likely be headed to injured reserve unless the Redskins are certain he'll be back for Week 16. There's zero reason to keep Helu around in re-draft leagues. Silas Redd will back up Alfred Morris against the Giants.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 03:19:00 PM

Roy Helu caught all four of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown Week 14 against the Colts.

Helu roasted Jerrell Freeman for a 21-yard score just before halftime and stayed heavily involved in the offense in the second half with the Redskins playing from behind. Helu carried the ball for the first time in three games on Sunday, but managed just five yards on one tote. Helu is too inconsistent to be anything more than a RB4.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Roy Helu did not log a rushing attempt but caught two passes for nine yards in the Redskins' Week 12 loss to the 49ers.

Alfred Morris was rolling in this one, limiting Helu's usage. One of the NFL's best third-down and change-of-pace backs, we've long wanted to see what Helu could do in more of a full-time role. He is an impending free agent and should get a chance to be a starter this offseason. In 2014, Helu is a Morris handcuff and RB4 in fantasy leagues the rest of the way.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:26:00 PM

Roy Helu had six catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Bucs.

He didn't have any carries, but managed to finish with a team-high six targets. Helu also lost a fumble in the first half. His touchdown came on a 29-yard screen pass for the Redskins only touchdown. Helu is on the PPR radar as an RB4, but remains little more than a handcuff to Alfred Morris.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:52:00 PM