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Postby killiansjmd » Fri Dec 10, 2004 9:21 am

I know this a little early but what is everyone predictions for Droughns going into next year? Is he going to be the clear cut #1 RB or will he go back to fullback and Tatum Bell will be given the #1 job? Guess a lot depends on whether Shannahan stays as the coach as their are rumors he might be leaving or fired at the end of this year.
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Postby Keyser_WV » Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:09 am

That is a big wait and see.

If Shanahan stays I wouldn't be surprised to see droughns at FB and Bell being the primary ball carrier with Griffin being the 3rd down back.

Although, I am not sure what Mike Andersons status is for next year. If he is healthy and under contract it would make sense to keep him at FB.

Hopefully you don't have to announce your keepers until right before the season. If you have to announce early I wouldn't take a chance on Droughns if you have better options.
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Postby wizbang » Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:55 am

Right now, I would say that Droughns is a definite keeper. I think Bell will challenge that in the last few games and next preseason. With the uncertainty surrounding Shanny who knows what will happen.

If Shanny stays it would not surprise me at all to see Droughns moved back to FB. Shanny did this with Mike Anderson so it's a known script. I think it's likely that M.Anderson will be cut once he get healthy. Maybe he sticks as a FB. Griffin has nearly zero chance of being considered for the feature role, barring injuries to both Droughns and Bell.
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Postby 9er Fan » Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:45 pm

Obviously depends on your options and how many keepers you get, but I would say no. Too much uncertainty with Bell as the heir-apparent.
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Fri Dec 10, 2004 4:41 pm

I would also say no... With "Shifty" Shanahan as the coach, you never know whose going to be carrying the ball.
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Postby ljthockey » Fri Dec 10, 2004 4:47 pm

Agreed with what all these guys say about not keeping him but if he does stay and Shanny keeps him as a primary back he would be a definate keeper.
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Postby Azrael » Fri Dec 10, 2004 9:36 pm

Too unpredictable situation to keep him. Droughns was like 4th on the depth chart at the beginning of the season. Griffin got hurt and weren't Hearst and Bell also hurt when Droughns had his huge first game? Then Droughns had another huge game. After that, Shanny just decided to stick with the hot guy.

I honestly think Bell will emerge next year as the guy, problem with him is, he seems to get hurt alot. He's definitely got more quickness and speed than Droughns, one thing that helps the Denver RBs excel. He should come relatively cheap though since he hasn't played much at all.

And after 5 different guys have had monster seasons for Denver in less than a decade (Davis, Anderson, Gary, Portis, Droughns), Shanahan always has a guy he can put back there to get it done. I don't think Bell's any different.
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Postby killiansjmd » Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:35 am

Guess yesterday answered some questions I had about Droughns for next year!
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Postby The Great Gambini » Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:43 pm

killiansjmd wrote:Guess yesterday answered some questions I had about Droughns for next year!


Exactly...after that performance by Bell, Droughns is iffy at best.
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