Originally posted by barrymartin:
Originally posted by diablo:
I feel that LMJ is grossly overrated. He looks nothing like Sproles. Hunter is signficantly better than LMJ.
How do we know this. There is a huge difference in the way Sproles is used in NO versus the way LMJ is used here. Here we have a few spread plays that are add-ons to our basic offense. So LMJ is basically an add-on also, and opposing D's are more easily able to predict the play when he is in the game. In NO Sproles is completely integrated into the offense and is on the field 2/3 of the time. He is motioned all over the place, works out of the slot, etc. He's a continual Wild Card. It's the same with Tavon Austin with the Rams. He's having a miserable year considering his talent and draft position. Why? Because he too is an addendum to their basic offensive strategy. They pepper him in occasionally on certain plays but he is not continually a dynamic playmaking potential. Until Roman and Harbaugh figure out how to keep him on the offense at least a third to half of the time where is moved all over the place and is given the ball from many different formations we will never find out his capacities.
Shhh, stop making sense....it much easier for NT "experts" to proclaim LMJ is garbage even when he's had extremely limited opportunities, and certainly nothing that seeks to exploit his skill set. As I've mentioned before, Sproles has made a living coming out of the backfield on routes, geting lost in the wash at the LOS, and then running past the LB who can't find him. Quick 3-4-5 yd pass down the seam or on a slant becomes chunk yardage. That is just one way LMJ could be utilized, but first it helps if he's active, and then HaRo have to be willing to install packages that give him the best opportunity to succeed.