2003 was obviously a career year for Jamal Lewis. The funny thing about career years is, they don't usually repeat themselves hence the name.
Jamal Lewis's 2003 peformance reminds me of the 2002 Ricky Williams. Pretty consistent, looked like you had a good idea what you were gonna get, then BAM big season out of the blue. In 2003, Ricky returned to his previous form.
I'm looking for anyone to argue the case for Jamal Lewis retaining most of his value for 2004 (ignoring the legal thing). What I mean by retaining most of his value is: Still stays in the 1500-1600 yard range and doesn't lose more than 1-2 rushing TDs.
I'm not looking to argue against anyone, I just want to see if there are people who can make some points that I might be missing since I don't see a reason for him to retain his value. The more specific you can get, the better.
To take up the challenge and not to argue that he actually will repeat last year but to argue that it is possible - I give you Priest Holmes.
An ordinary back who gets traded to the Chiefs and has a career year in 2001 with 2,169 total yds and 10 TD.
He follows that up with another career year in 2002 2,287 and 24 TD
and another in 2003 2,110 and 27 TD.
3 career years in a row - career year just means that it is is the best statistical year of their career so far
. You can alway best a career year.
It all comes down to ability and opportunity.
Priest had the ability but not the opportunity with the Ravens. Once given the opportunity and placed in the perfect offense to showcase his talents the career years came.
JL had the opportunity without the ability because of injury.
If you take away the injury in 2001 the numbers from his rookie year 1,660 6 TD to last year 2,271 and 14 TD seem like a natural progression for an elite back. If you chart it over time it would have the same slope as LT's progression.
Not much has changed in Baltimore - they still do not have a passing game and will rely on JL and to a lesser extent Heap. With Ray Lewis, Suggs, Hartwell and McAlister on the other side you can be sure that the Ravens will be in a lot of low scoring games that are perfect for a grind it out ground attack.
The potential upside is that they give him more goalline carries and he learns to catch the ball when he is not in court.