Deuce was hurt the last few games of last season with a partially torn knee ligament. Doesn't sound too good, but the guy is tough. Reports out of New Orleans have Deuce looking good, and quicker than ever. Hopefully the knee injury is a thing of the past.
I really can't understand why Deuce was not getting in the endzone last year. The Saints have a pretty decent offense, and there is no one hawking goalline carries from him. One theory is that the Saints give up on the run too easily in the red zone, where the yards are tougher to come by. Coaches like Bill Parcells swear up and down that you have to run the ball in the red zone to be effective, even if you are not making big gains. Maybe the Saints need to learn that too. My money says that Deuce's lack of TDs was more a fluke than anything, and he will find his way to paydirt 12+ times this year, to go along with 1800-2000 total yards.
If it is possible for an already stud RB to "break out", this could be the guy. He has youth (25), size (admitted he played at 240 last year), speed (clocked as high as 4.4), and plays for a high powered offense. If you have the 5 or 6 pick in your draft, don't feel bad at all about landing this guy.