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|Former Nebraska standout Roy Helu could stand to receive a major value boost in the team's transition from Mike Shanahan to Jay Gruden. During his two healthy seasons in Washington, Helu caught 49 balls and 31 balls, respectively, and could see his role increased if the team transitions to a more pass-centric offense. Helu is expected to hold onto his role as a third down back, but could face a challenge from second-year player Chris Thompson if he stays healthy. Helu was the favorite to take over the feature back role in Washington heading into his second NFL season, but injuries opened the door for Alfred Morris to take the job and run with it. Gruden's offense in Cincinnati last season was very effective while featuring a committee approach with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Washington backfield using that model. Helu is likely not talented enough to earn as big a share in the committee as Bernard had, but in an offense expected to be much improved, Helu makes an intriguing mid- to late-round pick in PPR leagues.
|Bill Callahan joins Redskins as OL coach|
Stripped of play-calling duties in Dallas in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 15, 4:30 pm
|The Washington Redskins have hired former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Callahan, according to league sources. Callahan's title is offensive line coach. He received a lucrative three-year contract, the sources said.
Callahan had offers from teams as both an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach before deciding to join the Redskins.
FFToday's Take: With HC Jay Gruden calling plays in Washington, there is no chance that Callahan will take that role on in his new job this season. What he should do, however, is boost the Redskins' inconsistent ground game. Alfred Morris is locked in as the early-down back while Silas Redd and Chris Thompson will likely vie for passing-down work with Roy Helu almost certain to leave via free agency.