A case for more Roy Helu Jr.?

Duke Ihenacho, Roy Helu Jr.

Duke Ihenacho tackles Roy Helu Jr. in Sunday’s game. (Chris Humphries/USA Today Sports)

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In perusing the NFL’s detailed stats breakdowns, I came across something interesting regarding their most successful personnel groupings. The group responsible for the most first downs, by far, with 30, is:

Robert Griffin, Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Jordan Reed, Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Will Montgomery

That’s pretty much everyone you’d expect, except maybe at running back. It’s Washington’s three-wide, single tight end passing package, and to be fair, no grouping has run more plays together than these eleven’s 83. It’s 72 passes and 11 runs.

The same personnel group, with Logan Paulsen in place of Reed, has run 35 pass plays and three runs, and is responsible for 10 first downs and a touchdown.

The group responsible for the most touchdowns?

A two-tight-end grouping — Griffin, Helu, Hankerson, Garcon, Reed, Paulsen and the linemen — with three touchdowns.

Second most?

Griffin, Helu, Morgan, Garcon, Moss, Reed and the line, with two. No other grouping has more than one.

Maybe that means something. To be honest, it’s probably cherry-picking stats, though.

The personnel group with the best yards per play, with at least 15 plays run together? Griffin, Morris, Morgan, Garcon, Moss, Reed and the line, at 7.67.

The best running formation is, not surprisingly, Griffin, Morris, Darrel Young, Hankerson,  Garcon and Paulsen, at 5.65 yards per rush on 23 runs (they’ve also thrown 10 times from this formation, and have 11 first downs in 33 plays).

The least successful personnel group? Griffin, Helu, Hankerson, Garcon, Moss and Fred Davis, with 10 plays together and an average gain of 4 yards.

Snap counts

Should probably get in the habit of sharing this on Mondays, but for whatever it’s worth:

Offense — 71, Montgomery, Lichtensteiger, Chester, Polumbus, Williams;  64, Garcon; 61, Griffin; 50, Reed; 41 Paulsen, Helu; 33, Hankerson; 31, Moss; 30, Morris; 24, Aldrick Robinson; 20, Young; 19, Josh Morgan; 10, Kirk Cousins; 2, Niles Paul.

Defense — 80, E.J. Biggers, DeAngelo Hall; 78, Josh Wilson; 74, David Amerson; 73, London Fletcher; 69, Ryan Kerrigan; 65, Perry Riley Jr.; 61, Brian Orakpo; 56, Baccari Rambo; 44, Barry Cofield; 43, Stephen Bowen; 33, Chris Baker; 30, Jarvis Jenkins; 24, Nick Barnett; 21, Rob Jackson; 20, Kedric Golston; 17, Jose Gumbs; 12, Darryl Tapp; 10, Jordan Pugh, 1, Josh Hull.

Special teams — 22, Hull, Young, Paul, Biggers; 21, Jerome Murphy; 19, Jackson; 18, Riley Jr.; 17, Gumbs; 16, Barnett; 15, Trenton Robinson, Pugh; 14, Morgan; 13, Evan Royster; 11, Kyle Nelson, Sav Rocca, Golston; 10, Paulsen, Wilson; 9, Rambo; 8, Kai Forbath; 7, Kerrigan, Baker; 6, Fletcher; 5, Hall; 4 Adam Gettis, Chester, Polumbus, Williams, Jenkins, Tom Compton; 3, Helu, Bowen; 2, Amerson.

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins resume practice Wednesday, preparing for Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers.

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