Originally posted by BrianGO:
The only thing is, unfortunately, I don't see Sheets making the team. Because even if he leads the NFL preseason in rushing, obviously that is not good enough.
And I don't think he is a better blocker than Clayton.
His best chance might be as a return man; but that would be very tough for him to beat out Rossum.
You are looking at this in the old mentality. Nolan and Martz are now gone so the philosophy doesn't hold water now. If Clayton's skills were superior to Sheets I would imagine they would of passed on him. Having a true scat back adds a new dimension to the offense that we haven't had. I foresee Clayton being cut and Sheets making the final 53 as the #3 RB. If he proves to be a valuable return man then we can part ways with Rossum at the end of the year and use his roster spot for a more versatile player. I see Gore getting a moderate level of touches in the preseason but the majority going to Coffee and Sheets. Maybe Gore 25% Coffee 35% Sheets 30% and MRob and Norris splitting 10%. I expect Gore to get some good reps in but I know Sing will want to keep him fresh.
The bottom line is Nolan's boys wont be safe from getting cut or demoted this year. The best player for the position will play and I trust Sing's judgment when it comes to making the decisions.