Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan has admitted that he doesn't know who the Skins' starting RB will be this year.
"You guys kind of tease me a little bit, saying that I won't say. I don't know. I don't know who's going to be the tailback. I do know that I have three guys I have a lot of confidence in that played last year.... We'll find out."
If they do have reason for optimism, it might be 2nd year man Evan Royster. Royster, the team's 6th round pick last year, spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the practice squad, but when he got promoted to the active roster he made the most of the opportunity. He finished 3rd on the team with 328 rushing yards, all but 3 of those yards coming in the final 4 games, racked up an impressive 5.9 yards/carry and ran for 100+ yards in each of the final 2 games.
With the addition of 2nd overall pick Robert Griffin, the Redskins will be a quarterback driven team. Aside from a strong arm, Griffin has sprinters speed. I would be surprised if he isn't the team's 2nd leading rusher by the end of the year. The deciding factor on who gets the bulk of the playing time at RB may not be the ability to carry the ball, but the ability to pass block for the new franchise QB.