Cornbread Maxwell wrote:no doubt - Im not trying to say JJ is a bad RB or anything along those lines. I have him ranked about 15th among RBs. My entire point is just to temper expectations - Ive seen a lot of rankings placing him as a top 10 fantasy RB, and I have to disagree. I am not saying DAL is a bad team, that Julie is a bad RB, that DAL wont run often, or anything like that.
A lot of times I feel homers stand up and defend what they feel is an attack on their players. Its simply not the case. Only Queen fans can rightfully feel slighted by my criticism - thats one sorry a$$ club right there.
Look - adding depth at RB and landing ATrain and Barber to spell JJ was a great move by DAL - but it DOES negatively affect JJs fantasy aspect from the standpoint he should see fewer carries. Im not going to disagree that from a longterm perspective it will absolutely help JJ remain healthy - but again, thats not the argument.
I'm a Dallas fan but don't feel compelled to defend JJ. My main point of contention is your assertion that A Train won't have to play ST to make the team. Parcells values ST more than any coach I can think of. Hell he's probably not gonna start the best FS on the team b/c he's also the best ST player. Does that tell you what Parcells thinks about ST? I think A Train will be given every chance to be the primary backup, but when it's all said and done, I think MB3 will be #2.
Kensat30 wrote:I draw conclusions from this general principle:
More/Stronger depth = More competition for carries.
Then every back in the NFL will lose carries this season because the last time I checked, everyone had more than one RB on their roster.
How many teams have a two-time 1,000+ yard RB on their roster again? Among the backup RBs of course.
Ahem.....there is a reason he is a backup and has to perform on special teams to make the team....and it is because he is not a "special" player. Most every player (if given an adequate amount of opportunities or chances) will deviate from their norm at one or two times in their careers. It just happened early on for A-Train.
Osk wrote:1,000 yards rushing isn't even all that impressive...
now, if he was a two time 1,400 yard rusher, then i'd be a little worried about JJ..
If it's done in 16 games I agree, but Thomas cracked that mark the first time in 14 games (starting ten) and a second time in just 13 games (started all 13). Both years, had he played 16 games, he would have roughly hit the 1300-1400 yd. mark.