The era of Robert Griffin III got off to a good start in the first preseason game but the questions around the Washington Redskins running backs aren't clearing up. Could the team call the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about LeGarrette Blount?
Washington hasn't had a proven runner since Clinton Portis retired and with RG3 in town the time has come to find one. While most think the rookie quarterback won't need one based on his early showing in the preseason, the truth is even the best rookies will struggle without a consistent ground game. The Redskins have spent most of the offseason trying to find one but have instead settled on three promising but unproven players. Veteran back Tim Hightower hasn't returned from a knee injury yet, leaving youngsters like Roy Helu and Evan Royster to battle for the job. The opener preseason game against Buffalo didn't offer any answers though. Royster managed only three yards per carry while Helu did better pass protecting than running. Head coach Mike Shanahan likes his offense built on balance and given the injuries piling up on his offensive line that won't get any easier. If the trio of running backs can't step up to take pressure off Griffin, Washington may have to go find help. Might they find some to the south?
Blount not ready to surrender job to teammate Doug Martin
All hopes for proven backup Jonathan Stewart leaving Carolina got squashed by a new five-year deal. That leaves one other back with a solid history and not too much mileage on his body. LeGarrette Blount hasn't had the greatest start to his NFL career with problems off and on the field. Still he is one of the most consistent players the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have on offense. Some fear the power runner would cause havoc when he heard his team drafted Boise State back Doug Martin in the first round. So far the somewhat unpredictable Blount has had nothing but good things to say. He believes they can form a dominant one-two punch for Tampa Bay as shown in their fast start to the preseason. Whether it stays that way is anyone's guess. Blount has a temper that is hard to control and if he feels his carries starting to dip in favor of Martin, he may push his way out through a trade. A team like Washington could make great use of him especially with the smaller, faster backs they already have.
The Washington Redskins will stick with Evan Royster and Roy Helu for now but the LeGarrette Blount saga is not over by any means. One big push from Doug Martin and he could become out of a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.