Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
He's a talented runner but that's all he is, a one trick 'position' pony (a number 2 speed option), Wells (from what I've seen of him in college and now the NFL) doesn't have the compact intangibles of a number one since he's physically incapable of being a solid run/pass-blocker.
Beanie is also very injury-prone when he's given the responsibilities of a number one RB, and lately he's capitalized upon teams with horrible run defenses (Seattle's LB core is missing Tatupu, alot).
Like most players coming out of college there are area's of his game that need to be worked on (in his case pass pro & catching the ball out of the backfield). But this kid is not just a 1 trick speed pony. He has good vision and can run people over with his size and strength, as far as his speed goes he did not have a great timed speed but he plays much faster than what he timed.
At this point being used as a receiver/check down is less important because the team really likes Hightower in that role and he has done a good job there as well. He will continue to be pushed to get better in pass pro however, something he did not excel at in college but he has the size and strength to become a force there and if he wants to win the FT starting job he will put in the effort to improve.
As far as injury prone he has suffered I believe 2 injuries since becoming a pro but he did only miss 3 games in college although he was often nicked and dinged due to his physical running style which is to be expected with backs with his style.