Its interesting that we've picked up two rookie RBs (Dixon and Blount) that are both power backs that can both block extremely well -- both have been projected by some as fullbacks at the next level.
So, we now have 6 RBs on the roster, but will probably have only 4 roster slots (there could be a ST slot for one of them, but that's unlikely).
I am assuming that Coffee is safe because its only his 2nd year and he was a 3rd round pick (give him time to pan out).
The Michael Robinson era is probably over.
Personally, I expect both Robinson AND Norris to be gone; Dixon and Blount are both very good blockers, and both RBs are about a decade younger than Norris...much more upside.
While Norris is an excellent blocker, he is not a very good runner and is a so-so pass-catcher. Both Dixon and Blount are better runners and both can block...and Dixon is supposedly a helluva pass-catcher.
So, I think our RB corps will consist of Gore, Coffee, Dixon, and Blount...FOUR power backs. We'll use quite a bit of the single-back this year, but when we go to 2-RB sets Dixon or Blount will be in there blocking...or both in goal-line situations.
Gore-Coffee-Dixon-Blount: a 4-headed beast at Running Back!
Note: Michael Robinson is excellent on special teams, and it would not surprise me if they made a spot for him on ST.
[ Edited by nickbradley on Apr 25, 2010 at 14:03:37 ]