49ers Forever wrote:I am with you VHawk. Priest has injury problems too, but i have more faith in portis and LT2 playing through these injuries than i do with priest.
What track record does Portis have of playing through injuries? None.
The big factor for my decision to not put him #1 is the TDs he scored this year. I don't think he will get close to that number next year, and if you take those away, his ypg are above average, but not #1 caliber.
He averaged over 130 yards per game in 2003.He scored 24 TDs in 2002. If you had said "oh it was a fluke he won't do that next year" you'd have been so wrong it hurts. What changes with the KC organization in '04 that suggests he won't get at least
16 TDs. Emergence of a studly TD threat WR? Nope. Another RB pushing him for playing time? Nope. Priest and Gonzo are the #1 and #2 scoring threat on the team and that hasn't changed.
That is just my opinion, though, and maybe next year will prove me absolutely wrong, we'll just have to wait a year and see.
You're basing your opinion on just gut feeling.
Of course you have a concern picking Priest #1 overall: Will he drop off because of age? Will he get injured again? The thing is, any reasonable guy you name for #1 next year has concerns.
LT: Will he get the TD opportunities? Will all the carries over the last 2 years have an effect?
Portis: Will he get injured again? Will his fumbling problem reemerge? Will Griffin push him for starting time? Will Anderson leech TDs?
Ahman: Will he get injured again? (this is coming up a lot). Will Davenport leech TDs and/or push him for starting time?
All things considered, Priest has been the most consistent the last 3 seasons and nothing in his team has really changed.