Last year I was a little gunshy about Priest. I had decided to take LT instead of him if I had the choice. I ended up with #1 pick in one of my leagues, and when it came to it I just couldnt pass up his potential. Boy was I glad I took Priest despite my ocncerns.
Now sure theres also just as likely to be opposite stories about other players (Ricky Williams anyone?), however 2 major factos that lessen my concerns are as follows:
1: If you look at last year, he hardly ever played past the 3rd quarter. Can you imagine how ridiculous his stats would've been had he not sat on the bench that often.
2: While age is always going to factor in, Vermeil seems to have a good system in place to keep his star player from breaking down during the season. Priest has 2 excellent backups who spell him frequently. The offensive coordinator seems far more concerned about over-using Priest than say the meatgrinding machine called Denver.
Yeah, if he scores half as often he's top tier, but there would be better. But that kind of drop-off? I think not. Pencil him in for another 20+ TDs this season.