Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told the media that he believes running back Evan Royster can be a very good NFL player.
“I think Evan [Royster] can be as good as he wants. He was a sixth-round draft pick. I don’t think many people expect a sixth-round draft pick to really come in and help a team right away. He was on the practice squad at the beginning. I think Evan eventually got thrown into a role and I think he saw in those games I can be pretty good in the NFL. I don’t know if he always totally knew that. With Evan, it’s about him realizing he can be as good as he wants. He can be a top back in this league. He’s got a attack every play and every fight for every yard, just really get the mentality that he wants to be that guy, to be our lead carrier and not just one of the guys. If you have that mentally and you have that desire you capable of being that good.”
I think Shanahan believes almost any running back can be great in his system. I will give Royster some credit, he did play pretty well late last season by averaging 5.9 yards per carry.