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MikeMc
05-05-2006, 02:19 AM
This is the story on Coogfans.com.

Any truth to this rumor??

shadowdrinker_x
05-05-2006, 03:25 AM
That guy's still a solid runner..He came in when Deuce was hurt and played very well..He would be a good pickup for you guys...Great in between the tackles kinda runner to go with Davis's speed...

mancunian
05-05-2006, 05:55 AM
That guy's still a solid runner..He came in when Deuce was hurt and played very well..He would be a good pickup for you guys...Great in between the tackles kinda runner to go with Davis's speed...

He was also the Pats leading rusher they year they beat the Panthers in the Superbowl. Not sure how much gas he has left in the tank but I reckon as a change of pace/style then he could do a job.

El Tejano
05-05-2006, 11:38 AM
Again, leadership is key here this season. We need guys who understand the significance of team ball. It's my understanding this guy plays that way and still has some gas in the tank. I assume that since it's his hometown and all he would love being here.

Texas
05-05-2006, 12:51 PM
Is it true is the question?

Kaiser Toro
05-05-2006, 12:52 PM
Sure, league minimum with a chance to make the roster. I have no problem wiht that.

TheOgre
05-05-2006, 12:53 PM
We do need a true power back.

El Tejano
05-05-2006, 01:13 PM
He is also a pretty darn good receiver out of the backfield and blocker if I am correct.

texanskan
05-05-2006, 11:22 PM
Berman just reported this on Fox 26 news.

His agent (Smith's) says that it is a 90% chance he will sign with the Texans but Miami has an outside shot at getting him

Stampede
05-06-2006, 12:01 AM
]']Seems like Wells is not comming back. Kubes must not have been impressed with Wells or he is demanding to much $$$.

:twocents:
They said awhile back that they would not be resigning wells.

Vinny
05-06-2006, 12:04 AM
I've never been high on Wells. Seems like the NFL isn't either. I don't think he has been looked at much around the league. From what I understand one of our priorities is finding a short yardage guy...Wells doesn't run heavy enough even though he looks like he should.

Stampede
05-06-2006, 12:15 AM
Wells had his moments and played with alot of fire, i wouldve liked to see what he could do with a competent coaching staff and better oline. DD should have a standout year imo.

TexanBorn51
05-06-2006, 12:27 AM
Oh Well(s) it's Antowain now...Go Coog'em

TheRealJoker
05-06-2006, 12:32 AM
I like Smith and think that he'll help this team alot. But im wondering, are the Texans going to carry 4 running backs? Where does Wali Lundy fit into the equation? I hope he can play special teams like Wells could.

As of now it looks like:

Davis = featured back
Morency = 3rd down back/spell DD
Smith = short yardage/goal line back
Lundy = I thought short yardage/goal line back but more than likely exclusively special teams this year unless Smith gets injured.

TexanBorn51
05-06-2006, 12:51 AM
I like also him and the other three and may I add Kube may include possible receiving duties for some of them coming out of the backfield and/or offset to the sides.

tex
05-06-2006, 07:37 AM
What about Damiem Rhodes is he good enough to make the team?That would make 5 running backs.

thunderkyss
05-06-2006, 09:58 AM
just because we are getting smith, doesn't mean he'll be playing with the Texans in '06. Same for Rhodes, and all the other running backs we are looking at now.

aj.
05-06-2006, 10:07 AM
Denver started the season with last year with 4 RBs and a FB (RBs Anderson, Bell, Dayne, Sapp; FB Johnson).

Project that to the Texans this year and (if they sign Antowain), it would probably be DD, Morency, Smith, Lundy, and Cook.

TexanBorn51
05-06-2006, 10:13 AM
I like what Damien Rhodes brings maybe the sleeper of sleepers in fullbacks.
His Syracuse 2005 may have been the most impressive season of all, as the 6'0", 211-pound Rhodes rushed for 900 yards and 7 touchdowns on 219 carries, despite facing seven- and eight-man fronts almost exclusively due to a lack of vertical playmakers on his team. Syracuse was undergoing the first year of rebuilding under a new head coach - former Chiefs, Broncos and Jets defensive coordinator Greg Robinson – but Rhodes looked every bit the finished product in his senior season. He rose above a dismal 1-10 team record and became the center of the offense, adding 23 more catches for 270 yards to his resume.

Rhodes finished his time at Syracuse ranked third in career all-purpose plays (643), fifth in career all-purpose yards (3,972), seventh in career rushing touchdowns (24), ninth in career rushing yards (2,461), ninth in kick return yards (810), and ...

aj.
05-06-2006, 10:30 AM
If he wants to play fullback he needs to get on a weight program first. He's smaller (lighter) than all of our RBs. At 6' 0" I assume he has the frame to add a few lbs. Practice squad might be a good place to start for Rhodes, unless the Antowain Smith thing falls through and he surprises and makes it as #4 RB.

TexanBorn51
05-06-2006, 10:36 AM
If he wants to play fullback he needs to get on a weight program first. He's smaller (lighter) than all of our RBs. At 6' 0" I assume he has the frame to add a few lbs. Practice squad might be a good place to start for Rhodes, unless the Antowain Smith thing falls through and he surprises and makes it as #4 RB.
Great point and idea I guess we'll see what the Kube crew have in mind for him as we go on the road to kickoff day.

keyfro
05-06-2006, 02:18 PM
damien rhodes is a very good sleeper prospect...the lack of talent on the syracuse team this past year caused him to have a unproductive year...antwain smith i believe will be a great addition to the team...i do not believe kubiak is high on wells...either way it's good to see more competition on our team...especially on the offense

texan279
05-06-2006, 02:19 PM
from www.kffl.com

Texans | Team in talks with A. Smith
Sat, 6 May 2006 09:06:21 -0700

Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans are in talks with free agent RB Antowain Smith (Saints).

keyfro
05-06-2006, 06:03 PM
the deal will probably be reached by monday from what i'm guessing...normally when we enter contract talks with a player we normally get him...this pretty much spells the end for jonathan wells

JAXwithanX
05-06-2006, 09:26 PM
At this point....Smith would be our immediate back-up. Morency has in no way taken the number 2 spot on the depth chart. Not saying he won't or anything, but if we do sign Smith I wouldn't be surprised to see him get a lot of carries.

Sportsfan
05-08-2006, 04:04 PM
Just heard on 610 about 10 min. ago that they have come to terms w/Antowain Smith. Couldn't remember though if he'd be introduced via press conference today or tomorrow.

El Tejano
05-08-2006, 04:10 PM
Awesome. Not a home run hitter but a first down getter.

TexanFan881
05-08-2006, 04:12 PM
Wali Lundy is probably disappointed about this. He's going to have a tough time making the team because I don't see us carrying 4 RBs. It sounds like he'll be on the practice squad or he will be #3 RB if Smith doesn't pan out like the Texans hoped and cut him.

BeerTastesLikeVictory
05-08-2006, 04:16 PM
Go Coogar high

Ibar_Harry
05-08-2006, 06:06 PM
Wali Lundy is probably disappointed about this. He's going to have a tough time making the team because I don't see us carrying 4 RBs. It sounds like he'll be on the practice squad or he will be #3 RB if Smith doesn't pan out like the Texans hoped and cut him.

That might be true and it might no be. Kubiak said he chose him because he played in the zone blocking scheme and knows it very well. He scored 50 TD's in college in that scheme. He might be better suited than Morancey. Remember, not all backs fit Kubiak's scheme.

blockhead83
05-08-2006, 06:16 PM
Great signing for the Texans. Antowain Smith will complement Davis' running style very well, as well as add veteran leadership to our young backfield. It also doesn't hurt to bring in a guy with a superbowl ring to get the guys in the locker room thinking.

The jury will be out on Williams for a while, but it sure seems like our FO is making all the right moves this off-season.

keyfro
05-08-2006, 06:21 PM
hey this is good...the more competition on our team the better...this might even push DD to better himself...he definitly has the coaches support since they didn't draft reggie bush so this should only fuel his ambition to have a great season

Bobo
05-08-2006, 06:32 PM
This is the story on Coogfans.com.

Any truth to this rumor??

I think Davis, Morency, Smith and the rookie (in that order) are just fine for a 2-14 team trying to bounce back. That is a pretty good rushing tandem. Smith has been on five teams (including the Texans when he signs) and he'll be a good third-string guy who could serve in the same manner that Jonathan Wells did. However, I still think they should have kept Wells. He did very well when he had to fill in for Davis last year. Smith has had some decent games when he filled in at NO as well, but sheesh! What do you gain with Smith? Not much -- in fact you may have lost a little since it is a common fact that Smith is tentative hitting the hole. But he's a third stringer so he isn't a disaster and should be OK in that role. Still, I wonder why Kubiak would dump Wells for the sake of Smith. Seems to me he's making changes just for the heck of it -- and that isn't necessarily a wise thing to do.

Bobo
05-08-2006, 06:34 PM
Wali Lundy is probably disappointed about this. He's going to have a tough time making the team because I don't see us carrying 4 RBs. It sounds like he'll be on the practice squad or he will be #3 RB if Smith doesn't pan out like the Texans hoped and cut him.

Haven't they carried four for awhile now?

aj.
05-08-2006, 06:49 PM
Denver carried 4 RBs and 1 FB last year.

DD, Morency, Smith, Lundy - Cook

TexanFan881
05-08-2006, 06:49 PM
That might be true and it might no be. Kubiak said he chose him because he played in the zone blocking scheme and knows it very well. He scored 50 TD's in college in that scheme. He might be better suited than Morancey. Remember, not all backs fit Kubiak's scheme.

Good point and I almost forgot about hearing how Lundy would be a great fit for our system. I don't see Lundy being ahead of Smith and Morency though.

Haven't they carried four for awhile now?

Good point too. But I think there is a chance that they will only carry 3 RBs considering they have an H-back in Daniels and then three good TE's in Bruener, Putzier, and Joppru. Then at FB we have Cook and Hill and I believe someone will be squized out of the roster. That will probably be Hill or Lundy, and if we didn't sign Smith than Lundy would easily be our #3 RB and probably wouldn't have any worries on making the roster. I'm not saying that I think Lundy will miss the team, but if we only carry 3 RBs Lundy could be the odd man out. I like Lundy a lot after watching his highlights after last year and I think he can be big for us I just think this signing will make things more complicated for him.

BigDTexansFan
05-08-2006, 06:57 PM
just saw this on KFFL.com

Texans | Team signs A. Smith
Mon, 8 May 2006 14:18:35 -0700

HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have signed free agent RB Antowain Smith (Saints) to an undisclosed contract.
:yahoo:

Bobo
05-08-2006, 07:01 PM
Good point and I almost forgot about hearing how Lundy would be a great fit for our system. I don't see Lundy being ahead of Smith and Morency though.



Good point too. But I think there is a chance that they will only carry 3 RBs considering they have an H-back in Daniels and then three good TE's in Bruener, Putzier, and Joppru. Then at FB we have Cook and Hill and I believe someone will be squized out of the roster. That will probably be Hill or Lundy, and if we didn't sign Smith than Lundy would easily be our #3 RB and probably wouldn't have any worries on making the roster. I'm not saying that I think Lundy will miss the team, but if we only carry 3 RBs Lundy could be the odd man out. I like Lundy a lot after watching his highlights after last year and I think he can be big for us I just think this signing will make things more complicated for him.

I think it's too risky to go with just three, seeing as how RB is such a punishing position. You hate to take up four roster spots for just one position, but I can see how you basically have to do it.

TexanFan881
05-08-2006, 07:01 PM
Denver carried 4 RBs and 1 FB last year.

DD, Morency, Smith, Lundy - Cook

I'm just curious but who did they carry because http://www.nfl.com/teams/depthcharts/DEN shows them having 2 RBs and 2 FBs but Mike Anderson's not on there and their stats on yahoo have only 3 RBs running the ball so I think they have 3 RBs and 2 FBs but I might be wrong. I hope they did carry 4 RBs because I think Lundy could be a good player for us like I already said.

281
05-08-2006, 07:07 PM
I think Davis, Morency, Smith and the rookie (in that order) are just fine for a 2-14 team trying to bounce back. That is a pretty good rushing tandem. Smith has been on five teams (including the Texans when he signs) and he'll be a good third-string guy who could serve in the same manner that Jonathan Wells did. However, I still think they should have kept Wells. He did very well when he had to fill in for Davis last year. Smith has had some decent games when he filled in at NO as well, but sheesh! What do you gain with Smith? Not much -- in fact you may have lost a little since it is a common fact that Smith is tentative hitting the hole. But he's a third stringer so he isn't a disaster and should be OK in that role. Still, I wonder why Kubiak would dump Wells for the sake of Smith. Seems to me he's making changes just for the heck of it -- and that isn't necessarily a wise thing to do.

Wells wasn't that great. I'd rather have Smith. Move on.

Rightnow
05-08-2006, 07:08 PM
What a great signing this is. For Antowain he will most likely end his career here in his home town and the Texans get a solid running back and all around great guy. I wouldn't be surprised if we see him more than what some people expect. If Kubiak follows the Denver way of running he may have Antowain start ahead of DD to soften up the defense in the first half. Last year the larger and stronger Mike Anderson started most games and Tatum Bell would finish them out. Of course Antowain is older so maybe not.

Anyone else remember the good ol' days at UoH when Antowain was there? Hard to believe, but UofH used to compete against UT.

Brandon420tx
05-08-2006, 07:10 PM
just saw this on KFFL.com

Texans | Team signs A. Smith
Mon, 8 May 2006 14:18:35 -0700

HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have signed free agent RB Antowain Smith (Saints) to an undisclosed contract.
:yahoo:

:sumo:

MikeMc
05-08-2006, 08:54 PM
ASmith is that Vet at RB that you need. He can block, run and catch. Plus, he is a solid #2 given that DD has had troubles with injuries. Without Smith the Texans have an unproven RB in Morency and two unproven rookies.

I think this was one of the best off-season pickups for the Texans. I can see DRhodes on the Practice Sq/NFL Europe (if he makes the team). Morency and Lundi might be fighting it out for the 3rd down back spot with the loser being delegated as a sp teamer.

Vinny
05-08-2006, 08:55 PM
He will be a short yardage back only (if he makes the team) imo.

powerfuldragon
05-08-2006, 08:58 PM
what type of hb is he? cutback guy, power guy, etc.?

TheRealJoker
05-08-2006, 09:17 PM
Good signing, now we get a guy with superbowl rings to add to our locker room :yahoo:

I love how Kubiak is bringing in team players this season. Our Rb position just got stronger ladies and gents!!!

Waltman
05-08-2006, 09:25 PM
Good pick ups Kube. Now lets make it happen on the field.:whip:

mexican_texan
05-08-2006, 09:27 PM
what type of hb is he? cutback guy, power guy, etc.?
Power

MikeMc
05-08-2006, 09:30 PM
Hmmm, is it just me, or is this team getting put together "Moneyball" style??

Get underpaid guys that have been part of winning franchises, are team players, and have had some strong seasons.

dat_boy_yec
05-08-2006, 09:55 PM
I think Smith and DD are the only ones who have clear advantages here. Behind them I think all the other RB's will fight for a spot. I don't think Morency will get a pass or have a spot on the team without proving he deserves it. I've heard good things about Rhodes and that the Texans talked to I think Taylor before the draft so they were brought in for a reason. To earn a spot. If Morrency's vision hasn't improved since last season than he's fair game to not make the team.

TexanFan881
05-08-2006, 10:19 PM
I think Smith and DD are the only ones who have clear advantages here. Behind them I think all the other RB's will fight for a spot. I don't think Morency will get a pass or have a spot on the team without proving he deserves it. I've heard good things about Rhodes and that the Texans talked to I think Taylor before the draft so they were brought in for a reason. To earn a spot. If Morrency's vision hasn't improved since last season than he's fair game to not make the team.

I think Rhodes has talent but I don't think there will be enough room on the roster for him. He will probably be a practice squad player.

thunderkyss
05-08-2006, 10:35 PM
what type of hb is he? cutback guy, power guy, etc.?

I don't really know why "everyone" is so excited. He's pretty..... um...... dull. He's got good size, and fair speed(being generous). I've never thought of him as a 1 cut runner.... or ever thought about him and the Denver system. I haven't thought about him, or seen him run in a good couple of years, but if I remember right, he's a "there's the whole, now hit it" kind of runner...... not alot of patience....... not much for vision... He's good in open space though.

thunderkyss
05-08-2006, 10:38 PM
I think Rhodes has talent but I don't think there will be enough room on the roster for him. He will probably be a practice squad player.

I think you're going to see Rhodes on special teams..... KR/PR with Mathis.... so we don't need to worry about finding him a spot. He's on the team.

Morency or Smith........ I think that will be the choice to be made.

blockhead83
05-08-2006, 10:46 PM
Morency's gonna be on the team, I'd go so far as to guarantee it. He has the quickest feet and best burst of all of the Texans running backs......and we used a 3rd round choice for him. Morency will see some additional time this season, and Smith will be used for short yardage situations, IMO.

mexican_texan
05-08-2006, 10:53 PM
Morency's gonna be on the team, I'd go so far as to guarantee it. He has the quickest feet and best burst of all of the Texans running backs......and we used a 3rd round choice for him. Morency will see some additional time this season, and Smith will be used for short yardage situations, IMO.
If Davis really is a cap casualty as some have said, Morency would be the choice for the starter. He would be pretty good in Kubiak's system, but I'm not sure if he can catch well.

:francis: :shots: :mario: :rant:
I love these smilies, but who's Francis?

The Dude Abides
05-08-2006, 11:16 PM
this is now a null post.

Bobo
05-08-2006, 11:21 PM
Wells wasn't that great. I'd rather have Smith. Move on.

Wells was the lead back for the Texans in games 15 and 16. Against Arizona, he gained 87 yards and 2 TDs in one of their two victories. Against Jax, he gained 86 yards and added 33 in receptions. That's pretty darned good. Looking at his stats last year, Smith started in seven games for NO. Three were good, but three were pretty bad where he gained three yards a carry or less and one was in between. He certainly is no vast improvement over Wells. This is Smith's fifth team in his non-stellar career. So it's not like this guy has carved out a place in the other cities he has played for. In reality, this guy has been a bust who came out of college with a lot of fanfare and pretty much flamed out to the point that now he is a third-string back. It sounds like you are simply willing to rubber-stamp all of Kubiak's moves, no matter how questionable they might be.

The Dude Abides
05-09-2006, 12:35 AM
:shots: :mario:

Sportsfan
05-09-2006, 09:26 AM
Great signing for the Texans. Antowain Smith will complement Davis' running style very well, as well as add veteran leadership to our young backfield. It also doesn't hurt to bring in a guy with a superbowl ring to get the guys in the locker room thinking.

Been listening to Marc Vandameer a lot I see. LOL

Chance_C
05-09-2006, 11:35 AM
Smith, 34, received a $40,000 signing bonus in a deal worth $750,000. The Texans also officially announced that they worked out a contract extension with right tackle Zach Wiegert and signed offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam.

Looks like a pretty good deal to me.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/3849903.html

texan279
05-09-2006, 12:15 PM
Looks like a pretty good deal to me.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/3849903.html

Not a bad deal at all for veteran depth, plus he gets to come play for his adopted hometown...

El Tejano
05-09-2006, 01:23 PM
Anyone who has seen my posts knows that I have been a avid Wells supporter. During the times that I posted anything about Wells alot of the response would be that he can't block worth a hill of beans.

When you get Antwain Smith. You are getting Wells but a better blocker. If DD goes down you will have a dude that knows how to play + block. The other two are still a little inexperienced.

Also, all I can think about is how competitive the competition will be for jobs this year + just how unpredictable our offense will be like it has been in years past.

MikeMc
05-09-2006, 01:36 PM
Interesting thoughts. But it does seem like half the positions will be determined in camp. Dom had his guys in place, and some of these guys had the "I'm the starter" mentality. Now everyone has to prove his worth on the team.

Positional battles will be highly competitive and should help provide the team with the best 11 on the field.

Look at how PBuc came in and thought he just had to suit up and he would start......took Capers too long to pull his primadonna butt out of there. :tease:

the wonger need food
05-09-2006, 04:22 PM
No one's job is safe and there's legitimate competition at each position. It's like a real NFL team!


I can see the healines on espn.com...


Instead of Bush? Texans sign veteran Antwain Smith.


Oh wait, that's actually their headline for the story.

blockhead83
05-09-2006, 06:34 PM
How did they know we passed on Bush because Smith would be available?
:tv:

Akhorahil
05-11-2006, 12:21 PM
750k good deal???? are u joking.... thats an outstanding deal.... amazing wonderfull deal.... Ive always been an fan of his.... and I cant believe we got him.... its like Im dreaming.... please dont pinch me....

A. Smith.... IMO is the best underrated RB in the league.... his career is actually somewhat sad... cuz I think he could have produced a whole lot more than he has.... but its not on him.... its on the team he was on.... he wasnt relied on that much.... always considered a role player.... but Ive always thought of him much more than that....

its should be a great season... I look forward to watching the games... something I havent felt in.... oh... id say 2 years....

skillz24
05-11-2006, 12:28 PM
look smith is going be something we need; a change of pace, and a bulldozer inside the five. he can block, but what his role is going to be is that of a mentor for DD. my hope is that his experience will rub off a little on carr. with this new revambed o-line, we will finally see why carr was the number one overall pick and our franchise guy. look what he has done so far with no line help what so ever. Our 2-14 flook wasn't the offensives fault, it was dom cabers brilliant idea to get rid of our core defensive pressence in sharper, glenn, and foreman, for buchanon a ***** who is afraid to tackle, greenwood a backup outside lineback at his best, and wong our smallest starting linebacker from the 7-9 era, not to mention all the leadership we lost in that exchange eithier.

thunderkyss
05-11-2006, 12:30 PM
... he wasnt relied on that much.... always considered a role player.... but Ive always thought of him much more than that....



Why??

Akhorahil
05-11-2006, 10:20 PM
why? cuz there was almost always a featured back ahead of him.... in Buffalo it was Thurman Thomas.... but you can see what he can do when Thomas went down... he rushed for a ton of yardage....

every year he got significant playing time he got near or over 1000 yards rushing... actually hes much like DD in the fact he is a threat as a reciever as well.... not exactly as good as DD is... but close enough to cause linebackers problems covering him... and theres not many DBs that can bring him down... you do the math...

in New England... he was a feature back for a lil while... which is saying something right there... cuz the competition thing that New England has been doing for the last... oh 5 years or so.... he had to fight for the touches he got.

then he went to the Titans for a lil stint... of course you know who he was behind there....

then off to New Orleans... where he was behind Duece.....

I dont really see this as a bad thing.... him being the 2nd back most of his career.... I have always been a fan of the 2 back system.... the one that Denver uses now.... they have been using it for quite some time... they just didnt know it.... cuz thier RBs got hurt so often... lol

the ONLY negative Ive seen over the years... is has a bit of a fumbling problem early in his career.... but I dont see it as an issue that concerns me.... not in the slightest.

in fact... if you want to compare him to someone.... in a backwards sort of way.... you could say Larry Johnson...

Bobo
05-12-2006, 03:20 AM
why? cuz there was almost always a featured back ahead of him.... in Buffalo it was Thurman Thomas.... but you can see what he can do when Thomas went down... he rushed for a ton of yardage....

every year he got significant playing time he got near or over 1000 yards rushing... actually hes much like DD in the fact he is a threat as a reciever as well.... not exactly as good as DD is... but close enough to cause linebackers problems covering him... and theres not many DBs that can bring him down... you do the math...

in New England... he was a feature back for a lil while... which is saying something right there... cuz the competition thing that New England has been doing for the last... oh 5 years or so.... he had to fight for the touches he got.

then he went to the Titans for a lil stint... of course you know who he was behind there....

then off to New Orleans... where he was behind Duece.....

I dont really see this as a bad thing.... him being the 2nd back most of his career.... I have always been a fan of the 2 back system.... the one that Denver uses now.... they have been using it for quite some time... they just didnt know it.... cuz thier RBs got hurt so often... lol

the ONLY negative Ive seen over the years... is has a bit of a fumbling problem early in his career.... but I dont see it as an issue that concerns me.... not in the slightest.

in fact... if you want to compare him to someone.... in a backwards sort of way.... you could say Larry Johnson...

There's a reason he's always been #2. He was taken in Buffalo to replace Thurman and he wasn't good enough to do that. He wasn't good at hitting the hole fast enough. Last year in NO, he had seven starts -- three were good, but another three were bad where he averaged just 3 yards a carry or less. The other was average where he gained 33 yards on six carries. Wells had two starts and helped the Texans win the game against Arizona with two TDs and more than 85 yards ruishing, not to mention his receiving yards. He ran for about the same amount of yards in the other start. Wells was good enough in his replacement role. Again, I don't see why Kubiak is playing around with the RBs. It indicates to me that he really doesn't know what the weaknesses of this team really are.

fastpitchwoof
05-12-2006, 08:15 AM
Again, leadership is key here this season. We need guys who understand the significance of team ball. It's my understanding this guy plays that way and still has some gas in the tank. I assume that since it's his hometown and all he would love being here.

This is a very good signing. We are now getting solid good character people in hear.:yahoo:

thunderkyss
05-12-2006, 10:26 AM
There's a reason he's always been #2. He was taken in Buffalo to replace Thurman and he wasn't good enough to do that. He wasn't good at hitting the hole fast enough. Last year in NO, he had seven starts -- three were good, but another three were bad where he averaged just 3 yards a carry or less. The other was average where he gained 33 yards on six carries. Wells had two starts and helped the Texans win the game against Arizona with two TDs and more than 85 yards ruishing, not to mention his receiving yards. He ran for about the same amount of yards in the other start. Wells was good enough in his replacement role. Again, I don't see why Kubiak is playing around with the RBs. It indicates to me that he really doesn't know what the weaknesses of this team really are.

I too am confused by this RB activity......... makes me wonder about his conviction in signing Antwoine....... if all of a sudden we're going to look at Bennett......... unless he sees an opportunity to unload a few extra LBs, considering the Saints apparent need at the position....... and really Bennett's the only player on that team that we'd have interest in......

But yeah, I don't see why he'd be interested in Smith, unless he couldn't get Wells as cheap..... Wells, I think was another slow starter, but in the Denver season, I can see him breaking out in a Terrell Davis kinda way.

But then, I didn't think he'd go untouched in FA as long as he has either....

fastpitchwoof
05-12-2006, 02:46 PM
I really like the Smith signing. The RB situation is in good shape right now. Sure Bush would have been exciting but I like the RBs we have right now plus a stud DE and 2 potentially very good line men. We are tready to compete now.:texflag: