Vlad the Impaler wrote:I must have missed something with Tatum Bell, because I havn't seen him do anything in the NFL. I think a lot of people are just assuming that the Broncos must have picked out another gem without actually seeing him do anything.
This is different from with Portis in 2002. In early 02, Portis would get a few carries a game, and it became obvious he was the best back on the team. He had to prove himself with limited opportunity in actual game situations. That involves learning the offense and establishing the trust of the coach. Bell will have to go through the same process, and I havn't seen jack sh*t out of him yet. Until Bell actually proves something on the field, he is all hype and Q-Tip will remain the starter.
Assuming another gem? Well is it not a safe assumption based on T. Davis, M. Anderson, C. Portis.
Also, you sound contradictory in your last statement. Portis had to learn the offense, and got limited playing time. Isn't that exactly what Bell is going through now? Theres no difference at all in the situation. He was a holdout and has gotten hurt, but if he was available last week you don't think he would have been in there? That is exactly the chance Portis got. Q-tip ain't getting it done getting 7 yards on 12 carries against a subpar defense.
You are right he (Bell) has done nothing yet, but I would not bet against him getting his chance sooner than later. And with Denver using a 2nd round pick to get him, I'm sure they were planning ahead.
Just my opinion......