The Redskins went to St. Louis needing a win and will return to Washington at 3-1. They will also return with third runningback Ryan Torain needing more carries as the Redskin offense continues to evolve.
Torain emerged in the St. Louis game in a big way. On his first carry, it seemed like Torain was shot out of a cannon as he ran over Ram defenders unfortunate enough to get in his way. On his second carry, Torain burst forward for 20 yards, the end zone the only thing capable of stopping him. On the day, Torain finished with 19 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown. Torain, with an impressive mix of speed and power, averaged over seven yards per carry.
Though the Redskins now have a crowded backfield with established starter Tim Hightower and rookie Roy Helu, Torain warrants a waiver grab in all fantasy football leagues. Torain's statistics from 2010 showed how good he can be, only injuries derailed the youngster 6'1", 218 lb. runner out of Arizona State. Combined, Helu and Hightower ran 16 times for almost 70 yards against St. Louis. Torain will need to prove he can outrun the injury bug that has thwarted his development like he can outrun defenders.
Questions will undoubtedly come over who should start for the Redskins, and Mike Shanahan has been known to juggle runningbacks in previous years. The Washington backfield will be interesting to watch, but after a big day in St. Louis, Torain will certainly be a part of the conversation.