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Postby Guttpuppy » Mon Jul 21, 2003 3:58 pm

The Bears whole team was banged up including the O line...they stay healthy and the A-Train is back on track.
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Postby The Dude_ffc » Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:11 pm

A-train is good and is very committed to earning his job and proving something this year. We have all seen the soph slump before but if his line is healthy he will be worthy of a #2 rb status. Hard to measure heart and I think some take last year's numbers too much into consideration when evaluating how a player will do the following year. He is still young and will show up this season in the best shape of his career. Draft him in the the 4th round if he he is there (12 team) and pick up Peterson late. You won't be sorry.
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Postby Confluence » Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:25 pm

The A-Train won't get the touches if his QB can't convert a 3rd down. And take it from a Steeler fan, Kordell can't convert a 3rd down and he doesn't scare any safeties. A-Train will be facing 8 man fronts and 2nd and 8 often.
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Postby Cliff Harris » Mon Jul 21, 2003 4:31 pm

The A-Train was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft (35th overall) while Travis Henry was drafted 58th overall in the same draft. What did scouts see in Thomas that they didn't see in Henry that year? And why was Jamal Lewis drafted fifth overall in the 2000 draft out of the same college as Henry, the University of Tennessee. Their stats were both similiar coming out.

Shouldn't Lewis rank higher on draft boards on an up-and-coming team like the Ravens, especially after proving his health last season? And shouldn't Thomas be given more respect after a solid rookie campaign and then a sophomore season that was limited due to injuries to himself and many of the Bears key players?

Is Henry an eventual bust canidate? Was Bledsoe the only reason Henry blossomed after an unspectacular rookie year? The Bills must not fully believe in him if they drafted McGahee in the first round.

With that said, I still think Henry will be a solid starter this year, but that's mainly due to the respect Bledsoe receives. Thomas should bounce back and provide his owners with a solid #3 RB. And I believe Lewis is in for a real nice season.

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