I keep hearing from people that Musa Smith is the guy to draft to backup lewis, but all I keep reading from people within the baltimore organization is that they think chester taylor is the guy if lewis can't play:
Chester Taylor has the experience and is better at catching passes out of the backfield. He will see some third downs and the occasional spell with Jamal Lewis playing. I think that Musa will get occasional looks too, to further his experience.
If something happened to Lewis (injury or legal), I think Musa would be their choice to see more carries, as he's probably more like Lewis and better between the tackles than Taylor. Taylor would still get his share on third downs and probably spell Musa much more than he would have Lewis.
Basically, for insurrance, I'd take Musa Smith. I see Taylor as a change of pace and occasional pass-catching back with Lewis playing. Without Lewis, he would serve a similar role to Musa, yet spelling him more often.
I think that people believe they will use Musa in Jamal's absence for one main reason. the same reason why I believe they will use him if Jamal can't play. He's a far better fit for the offense. He's the closest thing to Jamal himself, 6'0 230, he's a Jamal Lewis clone, and will fit right in. Jamal is a little bigger mind you, but at 6'0 and with 230lbs behind you, your an NFL ready back, so he can step right in and take the punishment. Not to mention he's a North South guy unlike the likely 3rd down, change of pace back Chester Taylor, whos a smaller back ala Portis (however not as nimble, and without the speed and cut back ability)
so it's safe to handcuff musa at this point??? Does anyone see the chance for Musa being too horrible to play??? I have never seen the guy play so i don't know if he's any good, but I guess being a north/south runner is more about strength than talent.
Paladyr wrote:so it's safe to handcuff musa at this point??? Does anyone see the chance for Musa being too horrible to play??? I have never seen the guy play so i don't know if he's any good, but I guess being a north/south runner is more about strength than talent.
If you are set on handcuffing a backup to Lewis than I believe Musa is the guy. He looked very good in college, but he only had a handfull of carries last season, so we really don't know how he would do yet. But, if anything happened to Lewis, I think the Ravens would definitely see what they have in him and give him his opportunities to prove himself.
It is very possible that Taylor gets the carries if Lewis is out, but I like Smith. I think he has the size and ability to be a good back. He wouldn't be the first UGA back to do well. Heck I don't even know where Taylor is from. talor just isn't sexy enough for me to take as Lewis' back-up.
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Wasn't Taylor a MAC player? Whatever, the real question to me isn't who do I handcuff with but do I handcuff? Lewis looked fully recovered and keeps himself in great shape. Would anyone else in your league choose Taylor/Smith? Do you have the bench depth? I would take Smith. Not because I think he is the better back, but because I think he is the type of back that Billick perfers.
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I think you should consider handcuffing with your last three rounds of your draft. Once people are starting to make reaches on their super sleepers, you should consider getting a handcuff for your #1 RB. It will at least give you better piece of mind in the event of disaster. Take it from the guy who failed to pickup a handcuff to Marshall Faulk last year. Some idiot in our league took Lamar Gordon in the eight round last year which was somewhat unbelievable since it was so early in the draft. I would rather take the risk in Round 8 on not having a handcuff than pass up good starter material or backups at my skill positions.