Shanahanigans? Redskins seek third-down back

Redskins seek help for Morris: Last season, fantasy owners were agog at the production of then-unknown rookie Alfred Morris. The Man Who Slayed Shanahanigans was Washington’s undisputed No. 1 running back, rushing for 1613 yards and 13 touchdowns. But the notion of a running back rotation never quite dies where Mike Shanahan is concerned. There’s talk that Evan Royster, Roy Helu and Keiland Williams are vying for a job as the team’s third-down back. Then again, maybe it’s not as dire as it seems for Morris owners. The Redskins player with the most third-down carries in 2012 was … Robert Griffin III. So perhaps Shanahanigans really are dead. But pardon us if we remain skeptical.

MJD expected to be full-go: Ever since foot surgery last season, the rehab of Maurice Jones-Drew has been moving along at a steady pace. Right now, the pace has MJD on track to be a full-go when padded practices begin in a couple of weeks — so sayeth Jaguars running back coach Terry Richardson. That would already put him ahead of where he was this time a year ago, when he was holding out of camp. Hopefully the work helps him return to his previous form. But until we know for certain, consider him a RB2 heading into the season.

Niners considering Collie?: The loss of Michael Crabtree has left the San Francisco 49ers with a hole in their receiving corps. It’s a hole that could be filled by Austin Collie. The free agent wideout worked out for the team in June and could be offered a contract after training camp starts. When he’s been on the field, Collie has been productive, but a well-publicized history of concussions has made him a risk for many teams. In the meantime, the Niners will have a pretty wide-open competition to find the man who will line up opposite Anquan Boldin.

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