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Redskins' backfield will remain in motion

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By Eric Edholm

No matter what you see in Week One in regard to the Redskins' offensive backfield, be prepared to adjust.

The Redskins are not likely to stick with the hot hand, as it were, which might not be great news for fantasy owners, but head coach Mike Shanahan clearly isn't too concerned with any of that. Shanahan is not likely to stick with one back for a variety of reasons, but one of them is that not one of them is so exceptionally more talented than any of the others.

Evan Royster fills his role as an inside runner with little breakaway speed. Roy Helu has value as a big-play guy and can take it to the edge on the ground. Rookie Alfred Morris might be the most intriguing three-down option of the three, but even he can't be counted on full time — even if he breaks out with a big game early in the season.

The point is that all are likely to earn a minimum of carries every game until they have proven themselves for an extended period, likely deep into the season. It could be any of the three backs, including Morris. Be prepared to be kept on your toes this season. Another reason why: Shanahan likes it this way.

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