bungle613 wrote:Hey Flux, how are ya today?
Im fine how are you doing?
1) Bettering a horrible line may not mean much. It is still a pathetic offensive line.
I think it may be premature to say its pathetic, but it is still lacking. There has only been 1 preseason game, so who knows how they really look, and I personally didnt see the game so its hard to comment on that.
However good the line is should not reflect negatively on T. Minor. Who is to say if they bring in someone else (i know you like Najeh) that he would fair any better? If the line is so sad it may just be a lost cause and they shouldnt waste a player/pick in a trade
2) He has never played a game to miss. Only 4-6 carries tops and special teams. The only game I saw him in he got knocked out of. Nothing serious but was still taken out and then was when Ricky was hurt worse. Ricky came back, Travis did not.
He still didnt miss the next game, and I didnt see the game you are referring to, but if he is only getting 4-6 carries a game, maybe he wasnt taken out b/c of an injury, but he just wasnt in the game plan (but like i said I didnt see the game). Every player gets little injuries, and you cant say that it was T. Minors decision to not go back in, the coaching staff could have just held him out.
And the fact he has never played a game doesnt make him injury prone
3) I realize every back gets spelled. My point is that I think it will be on a more regular basis than most backs.
Which may or may not be true, but there were reports of him getting 20 or more touches a game. D. Davis is supposedly only going to get 15-20. S. Davis is supposed to split it 50/50 or 60/40 w/ Foster, Henry could lose many carries to McGahee, then you also have Westbrook/Buckhalter, CMart/Jordan, Bennett/O. Smith, etc. All of these guys are worth a 2nd or 3rd round pick, and im really not convinced that Minor cant be as good as some of these players. Would I take him before all of them? absolutely not, but he still could have a decent year.
4) Every NFL player has the chance to prove themselves. Training camp, pre season, the opportunities you get during games. He was in Miami before Ricky, if he had shown anything they wouldn't have mortgaged the farm on the hippie.
T. Henry has been a top 10 RB for a few years and yet they drafted McGahee in the 1st round. Every year MIN drafts another RB when they already have more than 1 good one.
They did put a lot of faith in Ricky and for the most part it panned out. They had a couple 10 win seasons and Ricky was a big part of it. Granted they missed the playoffs, but that was more due to a very tough division than lack of Ricky's play. When they brought in Ricky Minor had just finished his rookie year. He never really got the opportunity to play, not b/c of lack of skill, but b/c he was a rookie and Norv Turner likes to have a power back instead of a scat back. Ricky obviously filled that need better than Minor, so they went after him.
Im not at all saying Minor is better or even close to being equal to Ricky skillwise, but I think he hasnt had a fair shake at it yet. He was looking really good in camp right after Ricky retired. The only thing his skills are currently being based on is how he faired against the #1 run defense from last year while only getting 5 carries, to me that doesnt seem very fair to him.