Who Is Oakland Raiders’ Most Underrated Playmaker?

It’s clear running back Roy Helu stands alone as the Oakland Raiders' most underrated playmaker after spending significant time dissecting his game tape.

Running back Latavius Murray is expected to take over the lead role in the backfield, per SFBay.ca writer Sergio Portela, but Helu has the tools to contribute in a multitude of ways as the No. 2 RB on the depth chart. Raider Nation shouldn’t count Trent Richardson out of the RB committee. However, Helu shows a tremendous amount of potential when breaking down his game in film study.

There’s a reason Helu compiled nearly identical rushing and receiving yard totals in his four-year career. Now, let’s go to the film to find out why.


Film Study Session 1 

In a Week 13 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Helu exhibited quickness, good decision-making, vision and athleticism all in one play: 

Helu is lined up next to quarterback Colt McCoy in shotgun formation.

He breaks into his route and spots a weak point in the defense.

He decides to fake the defender out of his cleats by making a snap decision to break inside rather than extend the route outside.

Helu makes the catch but doesn’t crumble at the sight of four Colts defenders. He’s looking for the touchdown.

He reaches his destination with a quick hurdle to evade the safety. Six points on a 21-yard reception.


Film Study Session 2

Helu displays more good decision-making and vision with some power running against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17:

He is lined up as the featured RB in this particular formation.

He takes the handoff and runs right in an end-around for wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Instead, Helu fakes the handoff and keeps ...

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