RB Evan Royster - Free Agent

6-0, 212Born: 11-25-1987College: Penn St.Drafted: Round 6, pick 2011

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Game Recaps

2012 Week 1 vs NO (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The second-year back from Penn State drew the short straw in the Redskins' backfield sideshow on the season's opening week. On the field for several snaps in the waning minutes of the first half, Royster carried twice for ten yards, including a powerful, one-cut run for eight yards. He was not involved in the passing game.

2012 Week 2 vs STL (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Royster did not factor much into the Shanahan game plan in Week 1 against the Saints, and he saw a marginal improvement in his snap count against the Rams. Only carrying once for four yards, Royster seemingly took third-down duties from Roy Helu, Jr. between Week 1 and Week 2, catching two passes for seven yards on three targets. Royster's limited role in the Redskins' offense makes it difficult to evaluate his stock as an NFL-caliber running back.

2012 Week 3 vs CIN (2 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

The Penn State product came in primarily on third downs, spelling Alfred Morris with Roy Helu, Jr. Royster carried twice for twenty-one yards, proving hard for the Bengals to bring down. Royster chipped in thirteen yards on two catches, with his entire receiving yardage coming on a fourteen yard catch-and-run. He led Redskins running backs in targets with four. Despite some decent involvement in the offense, it appears Royster remains a distant second on the Redskins' depth chart to Alfred Morris. Royster sustained an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and left the game. 

2012 Week 4 vs TB (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Royster left last week's tilt against the Bengals with an injury, and spelled Alfred Morris in a limited capacity against the Buccaneers. He rushed twice for four yards and caught three passes for fifteen yards. Royster continues to see work on passing downs, but it is fairly obvious that he is not the lead dog in the Redskins' backfield. 

2012 Week 5 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Royster caught one pass for seven yards. He did not record a carry. After five weeks, it is evident that he is second in the backfield pecking order to rookie Alfred Morris.

2012 Week 6 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Royster spelled Morris once or twice but only saw one carry and is firmly behind Morris--way behind it seems--on the roster.

2012 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 6 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Evan Royster, not workhorse back Alfred Morris, registered the Redskins' lone touchdown of the game. Royster was spelling Morris in the red zone after a long drive for the primary rusher, and Royster did a good job of lowering his pad level and bulling past defenders for the score.

2012 Week 11 vs PHI (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Since this is not 1972 and Alfred Morris cannot carry the ball forty times a game, Royster notched one carry for three yards. He remains a distant second - third if you count Robert Griffin III - on the depth chart.

2012 Week 14 vs BAL (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Royster functioned as the Redskins' halfback in their two-minute offense in Week Fourteen, and additionally spelled Alfred Morris when necessary. The Fairfax, VA carried the ball three times for eleven yards in front of the hometown crowd, while catching one pass for no gain. Royster is obviously a distant second to Alfred Morris in terms of touch allocation for the Redskins, but the Shahanans seem comfortable with him in pass protection and catching balls out of the backfield when the game situation warrants his presence.

2012 Week 15 vs CLE (2 / 3 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Royster had his best game of the season, catching two passes out of the backfield for thirty yards, including a twenty-five yard catch-and-run. He also carried the ball twice for three yards, with one carry resulting in a four-yard score of a stretch zone run. The Browns offered little resistance on Royster's early fourth-quarter goal line carry, and the second-year halfback waltzed into the end zone to put the game out of reach for Cleveland. Royster continues to get a pauper's share of the touches out of the Redskins' backfield.

2012 Week 16 vs PHI (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Spelling starting halfback Alfred Morris in limited duty, Royster carried the football twice for the Redskins, gaining seven yards on each carry. With the Redskins never in hurry-up mode, Royster saw few snaps in Week Sixteen against the Eagles.

2012 Week 17 vs DAL (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Royster checked in on third downs to give Alfred Morris a breather in his monster game. Royster carried the ball twice for nine yards for his hometown team.

2012 Week 18 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)

Royster did not record a carry against the Seahawks. He caught a touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III on the Redskins' first drive of the evening. Running a sit route out of the backfield on third-and-four, Royster caught a four-yard toss from Griffin for the game's first score. It was the first receiving touchdown of Royster's career and his only touch of the game.

2011 Week 12 vs SEA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Royster got one carry for 3 yards in the 1st half. He didn't look decisive or all that fast on the carry.

2011 Week 13 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Royster was the only other back who was asked to do anything, and it didn't involve running the ball. With Helu playing very well, Royster will continue to take a back seat in the offense.

2011 Week 14 vs NE (6 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Royster made good use of his limited opportunities, nearly breaking a long run before he was tackled for a 15 yard gain. Royster was one tackle and a block away from what could have been a 75-yard TD, but the defender got just enough of him to trip him up as he broke toward the open field. Royster also helped convert a big 3rd down near the end of the 3rd quarter, making the 10-yard reception. Royster made a few decent runs where he picked up chunks of yardage, including a nice 14-yard run up the middle on the Redskins' final possession, bringing Washington out near midfield.

2011 Week 15 vs NYG (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Also was rotated in for Helu breathers and then he got several carries on the last drive for the Skins once the game was decided. Royster ran with good pace and fresh legs.

2011 Week 16 vs MIN (19 / 132 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Royster had a really good first start in the NFL. He showed good lateral agility and vision. Royster seems to be a great fit in Shanahan's one-cut running scheme. He flourished against a fairly tough run defense and showed that he is a viable option in the running game. Royster had a long run of 28 but still got many runs over 8 yards. Royster had his most success running out of the 3 wide receiver sets with a full back in the backfield. Royster was subbing in for fellow rookie RB Roy Helu, who was a late scratch due to injury, and with this performance Royster will cloudy up this Redskin running back situation. Just when Helu owners were getting comfortable that they had the definitive lead back for this offense, Royster had to have a great performance like this.

2011 Week 17 vs PHI (20 / 113 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

Evan Royster's performance on the ground truly was the lone bright spot in this loss to the Eagles on Sunday. The Redskins gave him a heavy workload in the ever changing backfield of Washington and he ran better than anyone could have expected from rookie RB. The Eagles approached the game with typical wide 9 techniques which opened up some holes for Royster to work with. Royster ran with power and determination that you would expect a low round draft pick who wants to ensure he makes the team long term. Royster enjoyed some good run blocking against the typically soft against the run Eagle defense and powered defenders backwards all afternoon for solid gains. He was mostly used in simple runs up the middle and converted a lot of plays into first downs. Royster was also able to use cuts to his advantage, running around defenders and with deceptive speed and power. The Redskins under Mike Shanahan like to rotate running backs an awful lot and it's almost impossible to know who will carry the ball next year at this early stage.