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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
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CSN’s Jimmy Durkin confirms Roy Helu (hip) will be ready for training camp.
Helu missed OTAs after offseason surgery. He should be cleared for the start of camp, but his roster spot’s in danger. DeAndre Washington saw reps with the first team this spring and projects to open as the No. 2 back. Jun 25 - 7:20 PM

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to have a healthy team going into training camp next month.

That includes Roy Helu, who missed OTAs after offseason hip surgery. Helu was expected to have a major role on passing downs in his first year in Oakland but essentially disappeared, accruing just 26 touches over nine contests. He'll need a strong showing at camp to preserve his roster spot.
Jun 17 - 2:37 PM

Raiders OC Bill Musgrave didn't even mention Roy Helu (hips) when talking about the team's running backs on Tuesday.

It may be because Helu isn't even taking part in OTAs due to offseason surgeries on both of his hips, but more than likely the Raiders have moved on without him. Once healthy, Helu is a candidate for release. The Raiders appear happy, for now, with rookie DeAndre Washington and vets Jamize Olawale and Marcel Reece behind Latavius Murray. The Raiders are a team that could add a back.
May 31 - 11:12 PM

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

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.
Source: raiders.com
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
3Connor Cook
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
3Johnny Holton
4K.J. Brent
5Marvin Hall
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Seth Roberts
3Nathan Palmer
4Max McCaffrey
WR31Seth Roberts
TE1Clive Walford
2Mychal Rivera
3Lee Smith
4Gabe Holmes
5Ryan O'Malley
LT1Donald Penn
2Matt McCants
LG1Kelechi Osemele
2Vadal Alexander
3Oni Omoile
4Denver Kirkland
C1Rodney Hudson
2Mitchell Bell
3Ross Burbank
RG1Gabe Jackson
2Jon Feliciano
3Terran Vaughn
RT1Austin Howard
2Menelik Watson
3Torian White
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio