Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the second consecutive week, and became the first franchise’s first rookie to do so in 18 years. But Helu said he hasn’t started to think he has arrived.
“I don’t like that word at all, actually,” said Helu, who on Sunday carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards and a touchdown, along with four catches for 26 yards, and fumbled once. “Comfortable or arrived. Because I don’t feel that way at all. Complacency is one of my enemies. Those are kind of synonyms for that.”
Helu pointed to pass protection as an area where he still needs to improve. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he has noticed Helu starting to gain more yards after contact, but the rookie said he hopes to get better at finishing off runs.
“I want to be better at pass-blocking,” Helu said. “Biggest area of improvement since I came from college is pass protection and blitz recognition. These past few starts [the need is] finishing off runs stronger.”
Helu drew encouragement from Sunday’s game, when he rushed for a touchdown for a second consecutive week. But he considers his performance against Seattle a week earlier as the measuring stick for himself.
“When you experience a win like we did in Seattle, you just don’t want to settle for anything less,” said Helu, who carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards (including a 28-yard touchdown run) in that game, and had seven catches for 54 yards. “More so than the experience part, we’re looking to win, not just playing well – me, myself included.”
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