Roy Helu was terrible in his first season with the Raiders in 2015, and he had hip surgery in the offseason. Maybe he played hurt, but Oakland added him to complement Latavius Murray. Instead, he had just 17 carries for 39 yards and nine catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in only nine games. He's not guaranteed a roster spot this year, especially after Oakland drafted rookie DeAndre Washington, and will need a strong training camp to prove his worth, but even if he makes the team he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Helu (hip) has been released by the Raiders, CSN California reports. Helu underwent surgery on both his hips this offseason, which followed an unproductive nine-game 2015 season with the Raiders. After missing Oakland's entire offseason program and landing on the PUP list ahead of training camp, Helu has now been cut loose by the club. While Helu looks for work elsewhere, the Raiders' top three running back positions look increasingly likely to be occupied by starter Latavius Murray, rookie DeAndre Washington and returner Taiwan Jones.
Helu (hip) has been placed on the Raiders' physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp. Helu did not practice in any of the Raiders' offseason workouts while recovering from offseason hip procedures, and he'll continue to sit out of practice as training camp begins. It's unclear how long he'll remain out for, but the more time he misses the more likely it is that he gets cut, as Oakland has several quality running backs also on the roster, including Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, and Taiwan Jones.
Helu has yet to practice this offseason as he recovers from hip procedures, CSN Bay Area reports. That said, the East Bay Times notes that coach Jack Del Rio expects Helu to be ready to go by training camp, at which time the change-of-pace back will have to contend with rookie DeAndre Washington and veteran Taiwan Jones to a lesser degree for complementary work behind the Raiders' top back, Latavius Murray.
Helu recently underwent surgery for a hip impingement and is expected to have the same procedure on his other hip soon, ESPN's Adam Caplin reports. Helu struggled in his first season as a Raider, playing merely nine games and totaling just 39 rushing yards, 75 receiving yards and one touchdown on 26 offensive touches. In wake of those troubles, Helu's offseason hip procedures figure to help him regain some flexibility going forward, as he hopes to improve next season.
Helu rushed for five yards on three carries in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Helu had a rough opening season in Oakland that was plagued with injuries and inconsistencies. The fifth-year running back only carried the ball 17 times on the year for 39 yards, adding nine catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Helu will be back next season for year two of his contract, and he should solidify the back-up role behind Latavius Murray, assuming he can stay healthy.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|5||10/09||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|8||10/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|15||12/18||@San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|3 Year Avg||40||176||2||27||268||1||61|