People get geeked on rookies every year and just assume they are the second coming to domination. While a rookie RB typically emerges, most don't. How did J.J. Arrington do last year?
Rhodes is ready. He knows the system and knows his QB. I get confused just listening to Manning chatter for about 10 minutes prior to every snap... what do you think a rookie RB is going to do? Heck,Rhodes is probably still learning the system... and its been 5 years!
With Edge gone, the Colts had to select a RB in draft. You can never have enough depth and must always be developing players.
To help temper Addai fever, here is the scouting report on him STRAIGHT OFF NFL.COM:
Despite natural athleticism and size, Addai plays small and has not been able to claim the starter's job all to himself. For a player with such quick feet and agility, he runs very upright, which really limits his power and explosiveness. Doesn't play anywhere close to his timed speed, and despite very good quickness and agility, he is not the type of runner that can make tacklers miss
. Does have the vision and instincts when running with the ball to find the hole, but he lacks an explosive burst through the hole to shoot by defenders and make big plays. His hands help him to catch passes well out of the backfield. Agility, balance, quickness, instincts and ability to follow blockers makes him a good runner after the catch in the open field. Overall, despite having the measured size of a starter, Addai is best suited to being a backup or a third-down back and returner (both punt and kickoff).
Additionally, his pass-blocking ability will make him a valuable back that will get a lot of playing time in passing situations. Able to adjust after the snap and block different defenders that are rushing the quarterback.
Size Athletic Ability Hands Competes Play Speed Blocking
6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
Addai is a very quick and agile runner with the feet to make sharp cuts and can bounce inside runs outside when the middle is clogged up. Has very good vision and instincts, and really shows patience following his blockers and cutting sharply off their blocks. Has good hands catching passes out of the backfield and can make sharp cuts in the open field, which makes him a good open-field runner. Has the strength and balance to keep his feet when taking hard hits. Does a good job of pass blocking -- can cut block or block upright, and is effective doing both.
Despite measured size, Addai looks like a third-down back on film and plays smaller than his size. While he can keep feet against hits, he lacks the power and strength to break tackles. An upright runner that takes a lot of hits because of it, and struggles to run with power on inside rushes. Not a shake-and-bake runner that can make tacklers miss. Despite being a good athlete, he lacks the explosive burst and top-end speed you expect from a guy who runs a 4.4 in the 40. [\b]
NOTE: He was timed at 4.5 (4.49) in the 40. Still exctied about Addai?