SetYourselfFree wrote:With his Frankenstein knees, it only makes sense for Caddy to have someone splitting duties with him to lessen the wear and reduce injury risk...not to mention getting Huggins in the game gives them a totally different look than plodding along with Caddy. So it makes sense for Huggins to have a role whether or not Caddy is healthy but it comes down to the coaches realizing that. With the cut of Ward it at least seems they're heading in that direction if they have't fully realized all of the benefits of reducing Caddy's usage and giving Huggins a prominent role.
I don't know if this is the approach they'll take, but I hope it is. I think limiting caddy's carries just a little bit will help tremendously - particularly later in the season. Same reason I don't think LT really hurts Shonn Greene's value that much, if at all. It would kill a rb to get a vast majority of the rushes the jets will have this year. But that's a different conversation.
But the big difference there is the jets ran the ball over 600 times last season, and the Bucs ran it only 400. So the LT/Shonn Greene scenario is different becuase you could theoretically have 2 backs on a team with a great OL, and the "backup" still getting 225+ carries.
The Jets "backup" could get as many carries as the Bucs "starter", really. While Huggins and LT might get the same percentage of carries for their team (say, 65%/35% split), that's 210 carries for LT but only 140 carries for Huggins. LT's value is pretty much guaranteed this year.
IMO, the only way Huggins has real fantasy value is (1) Caddy gets injured; or (2) Huggins simply beats Caddy out for the starting gig. Either one is possible, though.