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Postby maddog60 » Wed Apr 21, 2004 8:49 am

mig28 wrote:
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When was the last time you saw a team draft a RB "in case our RB gets hurt" in the FIRST ROUND? Especially when it's for 2 years from now...


Umm, Larry Johnson?


Yes, but in that instance you had a RB who was hitting 30, so he doesn't have many years left (Westbrook is only 2 years into the league). Priest was coming off a hip injury, and no one knew if he'd make it back to form. Westbrook has durability questions, but no injuries that look to hamper his running abilities. So, drafting Larry Johnson was planning for 1-3 years down the road. The Eagles going for Jackson would be not trusting Westbrook to last a full season, which considering that he hasn't had the feature role yet is an unfair and hasty decision.
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Postby KingGhidra » Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:57 am

maddog60 wrote:The Eagles going for Jackson would be not trusting Westbrook to last a full season, which considering that he hasn't had the feature role yet is an unfair and hasty decision.


Or considering he missed significant time with only 120 carries, prudent and well thought out.
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Postby maddog60 » Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:10 am

He missed a few games during the season (2-3). However, 120 carries was a significant load, considering he split time virtually equally with Duce and Buckhalter.

If RB had been a concern for the eagles going into the off-season, I think they would've just resigned duce for a few more years (not like they don't have the cap room). Giving up a starting Gaurd to move up 10 spots in the draft in order to get a running back when you already have 2 good ones. that's just a bit ridiculous.
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Postby mig28 » Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:22 am

maddog60 wrote:
mig28 wrote:
Free Bagel wrote:
When was the last time you saw a team draft a RB "in case our RB gets hurt" in the FIRST ROUND? Especially when it's for 2 years from now...


Umm, Larry Johnson?


The Eagles going for Jackson would be not trusting Westbrook to last a full season, which considering that he hasn't had the feature role yet is an unfair and hasty decision.


When I hear "feature back", I think of a guy who carries 300 a season. I doubt that Westbrook is built for that kind of punishment.
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Postby Free Bagel » Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:23 am

mig28 wrote:
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When was the last time you saw a team draft a RB "in case our RB gets hurt" in the FIRST ROUND? Especially when it's for 2 years from now...


Umm, Larry Johnson?


They didn't draft Johnson because they were worried about Priest getting hurt, it was a completely different situation. They drafted Johnson because Priest was holding out and to put pressure on him to get a deal done for less than he was asking.

Not to mention that even if they HAD drafted him because Priest was hurt, Priest was already hurt BEFOREHAND and there were mumblings that it was career-ending. Again, completely different.
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Postby mig28 » Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:46 am

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mig28 wrote:
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When was the last time you saw a team draft a RB "in case our RB gets hurt" in the FIRST ROUND? Especially when it's for 2 years from now...


Umm, Larry Johnson?


They didn't draft Johnson because they were worried about Priest getting hurt, it was a completely different situation. They drafted Johnson because Priest was holding out and to put pressure on him to get a deal done for less than he was asking.

Not to mention that even if they HAD drafted him because Priest was hurt, Priest was already hurt BEFOREHAND and there were mumblings that it was career-ending. Again, completely different.


You're right, drafting Johnson had nothing to do with Priest's injury.
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Postby eaglesrule » Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:59 pm

well duce is aging and wanted a feature role, which is why the eagles didn't sign him. Signing him would have meant dedicating the job to him AND paying money. neither of those options were that good.
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