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Evan Royster has ‘no idea’ if his performance in finale was enough to make roster


Redskins running back Evan Royster, 29, scores from one-yard Thursday night. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

TAMPA — Running back Evan Royster had a solid performance in Thursday’s preseason finale but doesn’t know if it was enough to secure a spot on the Washington Redskins’ season-opening roster.

“I have no idea,” Royster said. “If I was the one making the decision, I would not know what to do. I think we’ve all played well throughout the preseason and I think we’re all just getting better. Actually I’m happy that I don’t have to make this decision.”

Royster ran for 59 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries as the Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appears to be competing with Keiland Williams and Chris Thompson for one or two roster spots behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu at tailback. Williams left Thursday’s game with a sprained shoulder.

“I feel good,” Royster said. “I have no idea what they’re thinking. I’m just glad we made it a tough decision for them. That’s what it’s about, coming out here and competing and doing well. If I’m not here this year, that’s too bad because this is where I want to be. I want to play football…. I just went out there and played my hardest. That’s all I can do.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag.

What’s ahead:

● Pat White’s thoughts on whether he’ll make the roster, at 9 a.m.

● The second round of cuts, due by 4 p.m. Saturday, requires rosters to go from 75 to 53.

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Chris Thompson makes strong bid for punt returner job

The Takeaway: The Redskins have a punt returner; fingers crossed at safety

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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