Despite his late emergence last season, Redskins running back Evan Royster said he still has “no idea” about his role on this season’s team.
Although his exact role is a bit hazy, Royster said he’s more comfortable this training camp then he was a year ago when he entered the season on the practice squad. He’s a favorite to make the 53-man roster this time around, but he’s still playing with the mind-set that he’s on the bubble.
“I’m excited about the year and I hope I’m on this team,” Royster said Wednesday. “I love it here.”
After practice, Coach Mike Shanahan wouldn’t commit to naming Royster the starter for Saturday’s game at Chicago. The choice has been pretty much made for Shanahan as Tim Hightower and Roy Helu have been ruled out.
Last season, Royster eclipsed 100 yards in the season’s final two games. His 132 rushing yards against Minnesota in Week 16 were the team’s season high for a game.
In the offseason Royster said he worked on his balance while focusing on core strength. He thinks his ability to pass-protect is fine, although sometimes it may not appear to be the case in practice. Things become a lot clearer on game day, Royster said.
“When we’re out here doing one-on-ones they have the whole field to work with, so it’s a little tougher on us,” Royster said. “When you get into a game and you have offensive lineman around you, they only have one place to go.”