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Roy Helu | Running Back | #26

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (105) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Roy Helu is undergoing surgery on both of his hips this offseason.
Helu was diagnosed with impingements in both hips, which may help explain his career-worst 2015 season in Oakland. Helu couldn't earn a role ahead of Jamize Olawale or Taiwan Jones behind Latavius Murray, and managed 39 yards on 17 carries (2.3 YPC). Helu is a release candidate at his $1.9 million salary. Feb 29 - 2:14 PM

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Raiders declared RB Roy Helu, S Nate Allen, CB Neiko Thorpe, LB John Lotulelei, OL Matt McCants, WR Rod Streater and TE Gabe Holmes inactive for Week 16 against the Chargers.

Helu remains a healthy scratch. Due $1.9 million next season, Helu will almost certainly be released.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 07:02:00 PM

Raiders declared RB Roy Helu, FS Nate Allen, CB Neiko Thorpe, OL Matt McCants, WR Rod Streater, TE Gabe Holmes, and DT Leon Orr inactive for Week 15 against the Packers.

Helu is a healthy scratch. C Rodney Hudson, listed doubtful, is active.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 02:40:00 PM

Raiders declared RB Roy Helu, S Nate Allen, OG Jon Feliciano, OL Matt McCants, DL Shelby Harris, WR Rod Streater, and TE Gabe Holmes inactive for Week 14 against the Broncos.

Jamize Olawale and Taiwan Jones get the game-day jerseys ahead of Helu behind feature back Latavius Murray.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 02:39:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 02:52:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 11:32:00 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.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 08:14:00 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.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 06:21:00 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.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 07:36:00 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.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 03:07:00 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.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 02:53:00 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.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 10:57:00 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
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:30:00 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.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 08:17:00 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.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 05:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
3Connor Cook
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Latavius Murray
2DeAndre Washington
3Roy Helu
4Taiwan Jones
5George Atkinson III
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Jamize Olawale
3RB1Latavius Murray
2DeAndre Washington
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Andre Debose
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Seth Roberts
WR31Seth Roberts
TE1Clive Walford
2Mychal Rivera
3Lee Smith
4Gabe Holmes
LT1Donald Penn
2Matt McCants
LG1Gabe Jackson
2Vadal Alexander
C1Rodney Hudson
2Mitchell Bell
RG1Kelechi Osemele
2Jon Feliciano
RT1Austin Howard
2Menelik Watson
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio