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 Post subject: Thoughts on our RBs?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:47 am 
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Here are our current rostered RBs:

33 Alexander, Alvester RB 5-11 213 23 1 Wyoming
26 Bell, Le'Veon RB 6-1 244 21 1 Michigan State
27 Blount, LeGarrette RB 6-0 250 27 5 Oregon
30 Maysonet, Miguel RB 5-10 210 24 1 Stony Brook
38 Poole, Tauren RB 5-10 210 24 2 Tennessee
13 Archer, Dri WR/RB 5-8 173 22 R Kent State

Interesting that Archer is listed as WR/RB. I expect us to carry 3 RBs: Bell, Blount and Archer.

How do you see the carries shaking out? Bell and Blount are similar builds, although I think Blount despite being heavier has more breakaway speed while Bell has more shake. Assume 25 total runs per game. I see Bell getting 12-14 carries, Blount getting 6-8 and Archer 2-4.

I think we may be hard pressed to use Archer as a true RB given his size. He won't be able to pick up the blitz on 3rd down and I wonder if he can run effectively between the tackles. Given that he is listed as a WR I think we'll see him more out of the slot.

One other question is will Bell/Blount be able to operate as a team without ego problems if they have something close to a 50/50 split?

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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on our RBs?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:00 am 
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Blount knew coming in that he's a backup, his goal should be to the #1. Bell knows now there is comp at the position and both should be highly motivated to tote the rock more than the other. I see know reason we cant get over 2200 yds from both.
Archer is a Toy in Haley's Garage, put dude in the slot, the wing, on the left side, the right side, the Wildcat. To be honest we will be a D'Coordinator's. Our Stable is their problem!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:16 pm 
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If Bell & Blount can avg around 4.5 YPC, it will be a huge win for the O overall. I'm optimistic about a 2nd year Bell, I think his long speed is deceptive & is faster than its perceived. Saw him break away from a DB last year. I think he'll open some eyes.

Hoping, anyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:23 pm 
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I like the training camp depth guys who will be competing for one potential roster spot more than some of the training camp fodder RBs they've had in recent years. I think they almost have to keep Bell, Blount and (Alexander/Maysonet/Poole) in addition to Archer, but I could see them carrying one of the three on the practice squad in case of an injury to Bell or Blount instead.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:24 pm 
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I think Leveon Bell is going to be very good in this league.

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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on our RBs?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:35 pm 
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I cant believe that so many still discount Bell. He's a much better football player in all facets than Mendenhall. Vision, ball security, cuts, power, passing game. Mendenhall had more speed but it was rarely seen and when it was it was with him running like he had a loaf of bread in his hand. I think Le' Bell has Muncie, Foreman, Eddie George like production in him. Not HOF but pretty darn good.

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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on our RBs?
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I absolutely love the backfield this year. I think it will be one of the better units in the NFL.

Still would not be surprised to see LSH brought back before camp for some competition.


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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on our RBs?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:04 pm 
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SteelBack wrote:
Here are our current rostered RBs:

33 Alexander, Alvester RB 5-11 213 23 1 Wyoming
26 Bell, Le'Veon RB 6-1 244 21 1 Michigan State
27 Blount, LeGarrette RB 6-0 250 27 5 Oregon
30 Maysonet, Miguel RB 5-10 210 24 1 Stony Brook
38 Poole, Tauren RB 5-10 210 24 2 Tennessee
13 Archer, Dri WR/RB 5-8 173 22 R Kent State

Interesting that Archer is listed as WR/RB. I expect us to carry 3 RBs: Bell, Blount and Archer.

How do you see the carries shaking out? Bell and Blount are similar builds, although I think Blount despite being heavier has more breakaway speed while Bell has more shake. Assume 25 total runs per game. I see Bell getting 12-14 carries, Blount getting 6-8 and Archer 2-4.

I think we may be hard pressed to use Archer as a true RB given his size. He won't be able to pick up the blitz on 3rd down and I wonder if he can run effectively between the tackles. Given that he is listed as a WR I think we'll see him more out of the slot.

One other question is will Bell/Blount be able to operate as a team without ego problems if they have something close to a 50/50 split?


I see Bell getting more than 12-14 carries...I think he averages around 17 or so per game.

I also believe Bell takes a big leap this year and really establishes himself as our go to player.


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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on our RBs?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:10 pm 
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VanWilder wrote:
If Bell & Blount can avg around 4.5 YPC, it will be a huge win for the O overall. I'm optimistic about a 2nd year Bell, I think his long speed is deceptive & is faster than its perceived. Saw him break away from a DB last year. I think he'll open some eyes.

Hoping, anyway.


Only 15 RBs in the entire NFL averaged 4.5 or over last year.


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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on our RBs?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:17 pm 
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Here's hoping Le'veon Bell and Wil Johnson stays healthy.

Here's hoping LaGarrette Blount emulates his production in the 2nd half of 2013.

Here's hoping Dri Archer is another Darren Sproles.

Never heard of the other three guys.

If Bell, Blount, Archer and Johnson do what they're supposed to do, your 2014 RBs will take a steaming dump on the chests of your 2013 RBs.

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