I've been keeping pretty close tabs on the subject as I got Dayne in the 10th round of a 14 team league. Here's what I've read so far:
- Dayne has looked good (but not spectacular) so far. This zone blocking running scheme is extremely similar to what he ran in college when he won the Heisman. He's been getting the majority of the first team carries thus far.
- Bell has been decent in spurts. Yes, he's been able to break off some long runs but has been going down on first contact. The goalline work Bell recently did resulted in going down behind the line of scrimmage and a fumble. Bell has been working with the first team.
- Cobb hasn't been doing good, and apparently is getting greater competition from Mike Bell than expected.
- Thomas Jones isn't likely to come to Denver. Most of what I've read so far indicates that Denver is more interested in a TE than a RB. Furthermore, Chicago has been saying it wants to have 2 serviceable RBs on their depth chart. That said, if TJ comes to town there's going to be a huge jumble.
- Shanahan has given praise to both Dayne and Bell so far this year. He has been quoted as saying Bell has the potential as a 1,600 yard back. He also believes this style off offense (zone blocking, one cut) suits Dayne heavily. He's been quoted as saying Bell won't get more than 10-12 carries a game due to his split (last year) and front office officials have mentioned that the workload will be similar to last year. All have expressed that they don't care how the yards are gained as much as winning the football game.
- Lastly, Shanahan has expressed that nothing is set in stone until after the preseason games. "That's what they're for" is the phrase he used.
While I assume not much will change, as I have little confidence in Bell's ability to stay healthy a full year or his indurance, everything depends on how they perform in the preseason.
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