As impressive as the Robert Griffin III/Alfred Morris-led offense was, Heluâs abilities as a speedy, versatile threat out of the backfield could have made the Redskins even harder to stop.
But Helu â sidelined for the bulk of the season with toe and Achillesâ tendon injuries â didnât dwell on that, and he didnât even let himself imagine what the following year would hold. Instead, he focused on the baby steps required in his journey back to health.
âMy focus was really, âWhat can I do to get better this day, and this season of rehabilitation?â Because I just saw it as everything as a season of Iâm rehabbing, then Iâm working out, then Iâm moving onto camp,â Helu said. âSo, I didnât get too far ahead, for sure.â
Helu also has tried not to focus on Thursdayâs preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, which will represent the first game he has played in 320 days. Helu admits excitement over his return to game action. But he believes patience will help him avoid a miscue in practice and ineffectiveness in Thursdayâs game.
âItâll be really exciting,â Helu admitted. âDefinitely, itâll be one of those things where I need to taper back my mindset to âWe have practice today. And then we have meetings later today,â and I need to focus on those things, because, itâs easy having being gone this long and when youâre competing against people to look forward to Thursday, but who knows what will happen between now and then.â
It remains to be seen exactly how the Redskins will use Helu in Thursdayâs game, and how much of their playbook they will delve into in an exhibition game. But most likely, the team will stick with a vanilla attack. Still, Helu will have the opportunity to play once again, and show his capabilities as a runner and pass-catcher.
Thursdayâs performance will serve as the foundation for a comeback campaign that the Redskins and Helu hope boost them further up the offensive rankings.
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â Wednesday, the team has a walk-through, preparing for Thursday’s preseason opener in Tennessee.
âÂ Later this afternoon, we check in with cornerback Chase Minnifield.
â Camp in Richmond resumes Saturday. If youâre headed there, check our ourÂ guide to training campÂ for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.
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