Yeah I think its 5 total including the FB. Gore, James, Hunter and Miller are locks. I was kind of pissed about drafting James because Im so high on Hunter and didn't understand the thinking of getting the same player for 1 spot. Now that Ive had time to dissect it though, I think it may be GENIUS! Both players are short and fast, but they can run inside, outside, hit HR's and catch passes. Neither is big enough to carry the ball 30 times though...but that's where the genius part comes in! Since both players are similar, you can rotate them and not have to change any plays or packages. Once Gore is gone or if he gets hurt, you can have both mighty mites in a rotation getting 15 carries a game and say 5 catches. The 20 touches or less will keep both fresh for the entire game and season!
Both guys compare to other great backs in the league =
Sproles = 5'6" 190
MJD = 5'7" 208
CJ2K = 5'11" 190
Hunter = 5'7" 199
James = 5'8" 194
I blasted the pick on Friday, but Ive really warmed up to the idea! So that's 4 locks for the backfield. I think the real question comes for spot #5. Do we go with =
A - Dixon
B - Jacobs
C - Rock
A - I think not getting that yard in the NFC Championship game sealed Dixons fate. If he doesnt set the world on fire this summer, he's done...STOP DANCING!!! The fact that he plays ST may work in his favor though, versitility will be big on cut down day.
B - Jacobs has really fallen off the past couple years. I live 15 min from Giants stadium and have seen every snap of his carreer. Hes a selfish loudmouth whos nicknamed "The Tip Toe Burglar", he's just like Dixon with the dancing. However, when that man gets motivated, he is hard to bring down. The 9ers were one of the worst short yardage teams in the league last year. We need someone to step up in those 3rd and 4th and a yard. As bad as Jacobs was, if he was on the 9ers, we prob would have went to the SB. Another positive is that he can also pass protect and catch the ball, so in a Jumbo Set with him, we can still throw. Getting only a half dozen touches a game should keep him fresh, but will it affect his motivation? This guys cried to the media MANY times when Bradshaw ( his good friend by the way ) was getting more carries. He doesnt really seem like our type of guy, but 1 year deals can make players sing different tunes.
C - Rock is the wildcard here. He's versitile in the backfield, on coverage units and can return kicks. If Ginn goes down again, he would be our insurance policy. With some of the guys we picked up though and using an entire spot on Ginn just for returns, is Rock worth the spot when we have younger guys who can return like Jenkins, Hunter and James? That is the biggest question mark. Rock is not only competing with Jacobs and Dixon, he is competing with the rest of the roster for the final 53. The 9ers seem to value ST's more than most organizations, but how much they do will determine if we carry 5 or 6 RB's
Any way we slice it, it should make for great competition this summer!!!!!
[ Edited by DRUSTOPO on May 1, 2012 at 8:32 AM ]