Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
Good post, but kind of disagree with Hunter. Still not really sure what his role is going to be, I think with the addition of James he may be fighting for playing time. I don't know, just not really sure how we are going to be using all these RB's. I'm going out on a limb(well kind of) and saying James will be a pretty good player for us. Not only that but he was a second round pick, and it seems he should be on the field.
At the same time it is Harbaugh, so I dunno. I do know it's going to pretty fun to watch and find out here day now though.
If it's my team Dixon and Jacobs fight it out for the short yardage back. I'm keeping Cartwright as a vet leader for ST so Dixon's value somewhat goes out the window. Both aren't much of short yardage backs but I still give the edge to Jacobs who has been there done that. Hunter and James are of course locks with Gore and will be the future in a year or two. I am running it like 60-40 to 50-50 with Gore and Hunter/James. Keep Gore's legs fresh. A lot of two back sets with Hunter and James or Gore and Hunter/James. We like to dump it off and having both in the backfield is a good way to turn a small pass into a big play. As for Hunter and the pre season we might not know his exact role but we know what he brings and he's a lock. To me we need to see these other guys more. Gore might not even play so Hunter might just be the starter for the 1st series or two. If Gore wants work than maybe a series or two a game. Side note though anyone taht watched James at Oregon does he pass block well? He might have to spend some time doing that this pre season to get use to doing it in the NFL. If we use 2 back systems or even a 1 back system we can't send our guy(s) out every time. They might have to pass block or chip and then release.