Alfred Morris ranks as the undoubted starter for the Redskins at running back. Throughout OTAs Morris lined up with the starting offense, and with three straight 1,000 yard seasons, little reason exists to think that will change this fall. Scot McCloughan did spend a draft pick on rookie Matt Jones out of the University of Florida, but Jones looks to be a short yardage compliment to Morris, at least for now.
Despite the addition of big, bruising Jones, one role remains unfilled for Washington. Roy Helu proved to be a valuable third down back with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, however, Helu will suit up for the Raiders this season. What player steps in for Helu will be an interesting battle as the Redskins head to training camp next month in Richmond, and it's entirely possible Washington is still shopping for that player.
Chris Thompson and Silas Redd will compete for the third down back role, but neither has shown much in the NFL. Thompson has dealt with injuries throughout his two-year career, and Redd has limited experience after making the team as an undrafted rookie last year.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden showed in his time with the Bengals he likes RBs that can catch the ball out of the backfield. And as the team works to build up Robert Griffin III, a reliable, savvy running back with good hands could be a huge asset. There are a few players still on the free agent market - guys like Pierre Thomas and Ahmad Bradshaw - that could step in and help Washington not to mention be had cheap.
Should the Redskins make a move for a veteran? Can they count on Thompson or Redd to make a leap? Or, will this be the year Morris shows increased skill in the pass game? Is Jones the guy? Let us know what you think in the comments.