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Andre_Johnson80 11-01-2004 09:35 AM

Running Back
This team has some talent at RB with DD and JW but neither one of them is a gamebreaking running back. DD did well in his first year as a rookie but this year he hasn't done much to impress me or probably anyone else. He is still owed either 2-3 years on his contract. If any of you watch college football than you would know that there are a couple of big named backs coming up this year and next year. Cedric Benson of Texas is entering the Draft this year and he will be a good one but more important in 2 years Adrian Peterson of OU will be entering and if he gets any better than he is know he will be The Running back in the Draft in 2 years. The teams best bet is to just draft another back within the next two years if DD can't get the job done. Let me know your thoughts... :popcorn:

V Man 11-01-2004 09:41 AM

One name - Maurice Clarett j/k
He is going to Dallas anyway.

We need to park the Caddy at Reliant Stadium. :twocents:

Andre_Johnson80 11-01-2004 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by V Man
One name - Maurice Clarett j/k
He is going to Dallas anyway.

We need to park the Caddy at Reliant Stadium. :twocents:

Thank God your kidding I was like WHAT!!! idonno: Benson might go late in the draft this year like all the back did last draft if so we might be able to pick a good one up.

phan1 11-01-2004 01:28 PM

A RB in the draft would be an option, but I would prefer depth on our defense or even a solid O-lineman. DD, Wells, and Hollings can get the job done IMO.

STEEL BLUE TEXANS 11-01-2004 01:38 PM

i'd prefer we draft mainly defense again next year too, but if Ronnie Brown is available in the 2nd round, we would be foolish to pass on him. either that or draft Kay Jay Harris somewhere in the mid-rounds. JMO though.

Hervoyel 11-01-2004 01:52 PM

I think that by the end of the season the running game will come into it's own here and the desire for a big name franchise back will be pretty low on the list unless one falls to us.

Davis is going to get it going over the second half of the season once the line settles into it's run blocking scheme. Then he'll look like Davis of last season on a more regular basis and people will again be talking "Triplets" (whether it's really merited or not).

This is just a hiccup on the offensive side guys. The run blocking scheme and offensive line was really the only major thing we tinkered with this year on offense. We should be happy that they've gelled enough to pass protect well (mostly) at this point.

astrofan 11-01-2004 02:00 PM

I hate Oklahoma, but every week I wish the kid from Palestine winds up in Houston. If you don't watch OU, you owe it to youself to check Peterson out

TexansTrueFan 11-01-2004 02:10 PM

When i played football in huntsville we had to play agianst him in palestine and the guy is AWESOME i can brag and say i was run over by him once ,,,,i mean totally flatened out "it hurt".

Andre_Johnson80 11-01-2004 04:47 PM

Adrian Peterson is the man, He is going to be a game break once hes in the big time. I Wouldn't mind drafting Defense again this year but if the running attack doesn't become stronger we need a better back. DD is good at times but he needs to be more consitant. If we had a running attack everyone feared than AJ would have 10 receps a game and DC would have 3Tds a game. We have a good passing attack we just need a more punishing run game.

Grid 11-01-2004 05:13 PM

eh.. I dont see us drafting RB.. not in the first 3 rounds anyway.

Fact of the matter is that RB is one of the most risky positions to draft. a 1st round RB has as much chance of being a star as a 4th or 5th round RB.. for proof of that, look at D. Davis, Mewelde Moore, Rubin Droughns, Clinton Portis

Cedric Benson seems great.. but honestly if we are going to draft a back.. id like to see us pick up a Jerome Bettis type of back. Someone huge, who can take a beating and make good yardage every time. With the way we like to run the ball.. someone who can take a beating.. and who can power forward for 4 yards consistently would be just fine.. especially when we have such a great WR corp and QB. We dont need a star, we need a work horse.

wags 11-01-2004 06:29 PM


Originally Posted by Grid

Fact of the matter is that RB is one of the most risky positions to draft. a 1st round RB has as much chance of being a star as a 4th or 5th round RB.. for proof of that, look at D. Davis, Mewelde Moore, Rubin Droughns, Clinton Portis

You left out Terrell Davis(6th) and Priest Holmes (undrafted). Since we have two third round picks, I could see us using a second or third on a RB.

georgewashington 11-01-2004 06:41 PM

They need lineman, say what they want about a new blocking scheme, but every year something is bad, whether its carr getting sacked a hundred times one year, or bad run blocking the next. I go with a big name lineman at least in second round. 1st round i say either go with someone at DT if there are any that are that good, otherwise i go with another DB, get another shut down corner or even a killer safety thats gonna lay some heavy wood on anyone crossing the middle or going deep. A player like john lynch would be nice, scare the receivers and gives another run stopper to go with THE MAN SHARPER.

BuffSoldier 11-01-2004 06:57 PM

Most mock drafts see us going either Marcus Spears or OT Alex Barren in the first round.

travfrancis 11-01-2004 07:05 PM

peterson can not enter the draft this year, or next year for that matter

you have to be 3 years removed from high school to be eligible for the draft

texan279 11-01-2004 07:07 PM

How bout if we need a RB at the end of the season we look to free agency? idonno:

Corrosion 11-01-2004 07:16 PM

The Texans have few needs outside D-line depth and a Starting Quality back . Getting D-lineman is a little easier than finding a "Franchise"type back . If I were GM I'd take a back Early in the draft and possibly pick up a d-lineman in the mid rounds or via free-agency .
Teams just dont let those type of backs get away due to free agency and to trade for that same kind of player would have a substantial cost either in draft picks or players at other positions .The fact linemen demand so much cash in free agency forces teams hands at those positions (just look at the Titanics in this years free agent perion , they lost Kearse and Smith because they couldnt afford them) .
Running backs also tend to have shorter carreer's overall , there are exceptions to this rule but in general they may have 3-5 years at the top of their games.
The starters on the D and O lines are pretty solid players , the glaring weakness of the Texans is production in the running game . they have 174 carries and 541 yards from their three backs . Thats an avg of 3.1 yards and just good enough to keep the opposing defenses honest . Overall they are 25th in rushing offense with an avg of 99.9 yards per game (counting QB scrambles and other non RB plays) .
Im not sure if the problems in the running game stem from the new zone blocking scheme , injury or just simply personel related . One way or another this is the one facet of the Texans game that must improve dramaticly for them to take the next step .

I do believe the Texans are in a position to take BPA where ever they are in the draft and dont have to draft out of pure need . This years draft for the Texans will be interesting to say the least.


texan279 11-01-2004 07:21 PM

Edgerrin James will be a free agent after this season.

georgewashington 11-01-2004 07:24 PM

James is not going to be a Texan. Besides we dont need to pay that much for a back with Carr and the Receivers we have. All they need is a consistent running game to keep people honest for the receivers. No need to spend 10 million a year on someone

Corrosion 11-01-2004 07:32 PM


Originally Posted by texan279
Edgerrin James will be a free agent after this season.

The Edge wont be leaving Indy , you can forget it :BananaWav

STEEL BLUE TEXANS 11-01-2004 07:38 PM

Edge will be playing in Miami next season.

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