Originally posted by PhillyNiner:
Originally posted by Rascal:
LMJ is still crap especially with KR/PR, I don't care what anyone says, he lacks explosiveness, speed, vision and decisiveness.
Top of my list for the offseason is a CB or WR with elite speed, good hands, and KR skills. Top three rounds...is a must. Hell, I might take two one for the D and one for the O....we need a slot corner and guy to run the deep bomb.
I could see LMJ gone as well, I dont think he is as bad as you, but he doesnt bring anything to the table that somebody else cant Gore gets one more year in the sun, Lattimore is the bell cow of the future, Hunter is the change of pace, and Dixon is the utility guy and special teams ace....all LMJ brings is inconsistant kick return skills and an RB skill set not suited to our offense. I could see him doing well in Philly, Carolina or Miami where the run game is more finese based and designed around getting to the edge or in space quickly. Ball carrier vision is too critical to our game plan and he is just an open space kind of runner.
First of all, when it comes to RBs, is time to stop experimenting with the small models. If you are small, you better be super fast and explosive which LMJ is neither. I had no idea he was so slow until you see his football speed. When you combine that with his tiny stature, he is just too easy to bring down. As far as I am concerned, a great RB like I mentioned has to be explosive and at the same time being able to run with power, these are the 2 key traits before you go down the list of other attributes such as vision and patience.
Then, you talk about KR/PR, if you look around the league, most teams have managed to field a decent return guy whether they are speialists or otherwise. Just at the top of my head to name a few :
- Broncos - Trindon Holliday
- Vikings - Cordarelle Patterson
- Seahawks - Jermaine Kearse / Percy Harvin
- Cowboys - Dwayne Harris
- Ravens - Jacoby Jones
- Panthers - Ted Ginn Jr
- Chiefs - Quintin Demps
- Bears - Devin Hester
- Giants - David Wilson
And just in case you are curious, LMJ is ranked 54th this year. So, as you can see, there is no excuse for not having a legit returner, you will only be hurting your team for a chance to win ball games. It also means we are probably crap in drafting the right talents or in developing returners or in fact both. KW was the pits, but I can tell you LMJ is not exaxtly night and day neither. The only guy I saw any signs of potential was Lavelle Hawkins and I am not going to go into a debate why he was cut. Bottomline, as it stands we have NOONE as in ZILCH bonafide returner and we better do something about it come this offseason !!