Ryan Torain has started the Redskins’ past two games and three of the past four. His rushing numbers from those four games: 40 total yards on 24 carries. In Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, Torain had only four yards on five carries and spent most of the second half on the sidelines.
Clearly, the running game isn’t working too well in Washington. Finding a quality starter each week is only part of the problem, but the Redskins might have a difficult time turning to Torain again this Sunday at Seattle.
Despite splitting carries, rookie Roy Helu has led the Redskins in rushing each of the past three games. On Sunday he had 35 yards on eight carries. He ran for 41 yards each of the previous two weeks.
He said Monday that coaches haven’t given him any hint as to whether he might rejoin the starting lineup soon.
“That’s something we keep in-house,” he said. “We talk amongst each other. The obvious thing is throughout the practice week, coach selects who thinks is going to be the best person to win the game and start the game.”
While that apparently has been Torain the past couple of weeks, coaches haven’t been slow to turn to Helu as the game progresses. He’s the better blocker and better pass-catcher. He also might be the better runner.
“I guess the biggest thing I’ve been learning is it’s better to finish the game than to start it,” Helu said.