EthnicFury wrote:but why? If it ain't broke don't fix it. Droughns doesn't yet appear to be broke
only reasoning I could see would be so you could get them both on the field in the I or run out of the pro set, but using droughns as a traditional blocking fullback would clearly be a waste.
Since Shanny came in, Denver has had numerous, numerous guys get to 1000 yards. Some of them were pure RB's (Terrell Davis, Clinton Portis, and Olandis Gary!?!), but they have also had FB's put up huge numbers (Mike Anderson). It doesn't matter who the ball carrier is, they end up with the numbers if they get the carries. When Portis was "the man," Anderson was his FB. Was that a waste? It could have been another part of the reason (when you include the O-line) why he was so effective! But, when Portis went down last year, who was right there to take over? You guessed it - Mike Anderson! I believe the weeks he came in for Portis last year he had some very good numbers (which made me mad since I had Portis and someone else used Anderson against me
Droughns is a FB, and if they have a pure RB like Griffin starting they should use him as a FB in order to give the RB the best chance at getting good yardage. Now, last week Griffin and Bell were hurt...but Hearst was nowhere to be found on the field! Droughns was next in line to get the carries. Why? Because he's been in Denver's offensive system longer than Hearst!
Droughns has been there since 2002. He would have the best idea of what's going on in the blocking schemes of each play - not to mention the best idea of what his line is capable of and what they normally accomplish during the play. I believe this is the reason he got the start last week over Hearst.
Griffin is healed up at this point, so Hearst once again becomes a third (or fourth) option. I believe Vlad nailed the role of Hearst for this team - someone that could come in if Griffin or Droughns didn't pan out. Hearst had a very good track record with SF even when he was splitting carries. So, he was the best available option for Denver. Just like in fantasy, it's always a good idea to have a capable backup if one of your studs goes down!