Open thread: Can Helu make it?

Open thread: Can Helu make it?
June 7, 2013, 4:30 am
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Your Friday morning open thread:

Roy Helu Jr. started practicing this week for the first time in about eight months. He has a spot on the 90-man roster but does he have a role on the 2013 Redskins?

In 2011 he led the Redskins in rushing as a rookie with 640 yards. The Seattle game, where he made the hurdling touchdown run show in the picture for this post, launched a string of three straight 100-yard games. 

But it didn't last. The injury bug bit, with an assortment of pulls and strains derailing the end of the 2011 season and all but three games of last year. He went on injured reserve last year and had not participated in OTAs this year after having toe surgery in February. 

Here's what Mike Shanahan said yesterday about Helu's return:

“Helu brings a lot to the table. I’m glad he’s feeling good. He has practiced the last couple of days. He has looked good in practice. He talked to Dr. Anderson a couple days ago. He OK’d him, and it’s fun to have him out there. Hopefully he keeps on getting better and better, but anytime you have a guy that weighs 225 pounds, he under that 4.5 40, has receiving skills and the opportunity to make a big play… So it’s good to have him back and a chance to compete.”

So he is back but is he as good as ever? Alfred Morris is the clear starter but there are jobs up for grabs as the reserve and change of pace backs. Can Helu grab one of those jobs and contribute in 2013? Or did his chance go by the board when the Redskins drafted Chris Thompson?