Originally posted by NCommand:
I'm with you on this one. They were also trying out Patton back there as well. Clearly, they aren't impressed with James/Hall/Cox back there and I wonder if we'll even use Williams there at all (now).
I'd be STOKED if Hawkins can take this spot and add a "real" threat back there and contribute a bit at WR in some packages (like we saw on Sunday with him in the X and Y positions). If he can play both, he'd be activated. Period.
But yeah, James, he just doesn't seem explosive on any level. Aside from his Tully Banta-Cain spin-cycle move, he's been "meh." Granted, there hasn't been a ton of holes all pre season. And it seems like we've been working him in between the tackles some as well. But look at him compared to Hunter. Hunter has explosiveness inside and outside the tackles and everytime he catches the ball. He's decisive, quick AND fast. Hell, if I was being totally objective, as a backup runner to Gore, I'd take Hampton over James. That dude is a grinder and he also showed some off-tackle speed aside from the poundage between the tackles (and he fights for that extra yard/two).
Yea, I saw them trying out Patton too, but nah. Like I said, the truth is good kick returners are hard to find. Seriously, if we cut Hawkins we will only be shooting ourselves in the foot. Besides, is not like he can't play WR neither.
As for James, if you want to talk about him on the RB level as well, quite frankly I am still hurting from that draft. I wanted to do exactly what the Giants did and go for David Wilson in the 1st and Rueben Randle in the 2nd as opposed to Jenkins and LMJ. I have always preferred RBs that can run with power, not only does David Wilson has power, he has far more football speed too. I know there are a lot of LMJ fans on WZ, but sorry, like you said there is just no explosiveness there and the speed that most people say he has is just not translated onto the field. Apart from that, he is too small and too slight. You see you can be small, but strong at the same time like Kendall Hunter. LMJ just lacks physicality and that is why he can be easily brought down. I have to agree with you even Hampton has more power. RBs is 2nd on my list of things to fix after WRs. I know we have Lattimore, I know a lot of people like him, but to me he is more of a finesse type RB who is great with his cuts and running through lanes. I still wish we could have a power back too.