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Old 12-24-2004   #1
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Default Capers wants a "big pounder" like Bettis

In Richard Justice's column, Capers drops a hint, IMO.

His ultimate role with the Texans might be less than it is now.

Their offseason wish list could include a larger, more punishing running back, but unless they find another Fred Taylor or Shaun Alexander, Davis will be in the mix.

"The ideal thing would be to have Domanick and a big pounder," Capers said.

He likes the way the Pittsburgh Steelers alternate Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis. He likes how they complement each another and wear down defenses.


I don't know what free agents are on the market this offseason, but it seems like a big RB could be a focus in the 1st or 2nd round. I don't know if the 2 RBs from Auburn fit the bill.
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we do need a big punishing back. Ronnie Brown isnt Staley or Bus size, but he is tall and at 220-225 pounds.. he could possibly play the role of a big back.

I dunno.. might be something to address through free agency.. or take a chance on a fullback or something.
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A big pounder like bettis is a once in a lifetime thing, so maybe he should have given a better example.
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Here are some big or biggish backs--maybe someone that has seen them play can give us some reviews:

Kay-Jay Harris 6-1, 245 4.52 West Virginia
Maurice Clarett 5-10, 230 4.58 Ohio State (LO)
Eric Shelton 6-2, 245 Louisville
Noah Herron 5-11, 230 Northwestern
Brandon Jacobs 6-3, 255 4.65 Southern Illinois
Jabari Davis 6-0, 230 Tennessee
Marcus Williams 6-0, 230 Maine
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Here are some big or biggish backs--maybe someone that has seen them play can give us some reviews:

Kay-Jay Harris 6-1, 245 4.52 West Virginia
Maurice Clarett 5-10, 230 4.58 Ohio State (LO)
Eric Shelton 6-2, 245 Louisville
Noah Herron 5-11, 230 Northwestern
Brandon Jacobs 6-3, 255 4.65 Southern Illinois
Jabari Davis 6-0, 230 Tennessee
Marcus Williams 6-0, 230 Maine
I am going the cheat and use some info from thehuddlereport.com

Harris:
Strengths
Oh baby! This kid is big, strong, very fast, powerful and the talent he shows on film is very scary. Talk about licking your chops! He has an excellent burst in the hole and breakaway speed to take it to the house. He has good leg strength and loves the big play. He has good hands out of the backfield and is a bear to bring down once heís in the defensive backfield.

Needs to Improve
Kay-Jay played baseball and now lacks the football instincts and understanding of teamwork. He is 26 years old and how well he handles injuries is a concern.

Bottom Line
My prediction for this player is that when he goes to the combine, he will shoot up the draft boards because he will stand out athletically above the other RBís in this draft. He might be the fastest RB in this draft. I feel that his speed and size will overcome the questions about his age. Since the average back in the NFL lasts only about 4 to 6 years, add free agency and the life of a head coach to this equation and Kay-Jayís speed and size alone will make him a pick that can impact quickly in certain situations and get fans very excited. You see, sometimes you donít need to worry about age or instincts if a player can get on the field and impact in some capacity in his first year. You have to feel that with Kay-Jayís pure athletic talent alone, he will impact on third downs and special teams. Kay-Jay played baseball for six years and did not make it. That shows me that he wants to be a star and make more money than he did in the minors. I think that if you donít overwhelm this kid with a lot of responsibility and just put him in situations where his athletic abilities and speed will shine, you can have yourself an impact player in his first year. I can see a team at the end of the first round jumping all over this kid because he has the abilities to impact without a lot of reps. He is a bit of a boom or bust player, but with no off field problems, he is well worth the chance.
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Ronnie Brown isnt Staley or Bus size, but he is tall and at 220-225 pounds.. he could possibly play the role of a big back.
Yeah, Brown isnt Staley or Bus but he runs physically and never goes down on the first hit...
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