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Old 10-13-2004   #21
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I like DD alot, but as far as triple threat with Carr and AJ.. (no disrespect to DD) but I don't see it. Last but not least a triple threat at RB, He can break one at any time and beat you. I don't see DD having that kinda "speed" to break one at anytime.
The classic example that people think of as a triple threat was Aikman, Irvin and too little, too slow Emmitt Smith. Now Emmitt did have two advantages over DD, an OL that could open holes big enough for something larger than a hummingbird to get through and luck, bone structure, whatever so that he didn't get injured much (although he did miss 1-2 games every other year--every RB no matter how large or how small gets injured).

And on the injury prone comments folks are making--IMO, unless you are looking at consistent injury to the same location indicating a structural weakness then the injury prone label people stick on players that get hit for a living is hooey. Classic example Fragile Fred Taylor who missed a ton of games in his first 4 years and has now gone 2.25 without missing a game. DD has missed time due to a broken hand, ribs, bruised thigh and ankle injuries as a Texan. Maybe if he just laid down on the ground the first time someone hit him like Wells did the 1st year he wouldn't be injury prone.

One more observation on injury and size--the classic example used of who we should have taken, boy wouldn't it have been great, yada yada RB that people wish the Texans had taken is Clinton Portis--he is 16lbs lighter than DD and he missed 7 games due to injury in his 1st two years. Hmmm, maybe the difference between a good RB and a too small, injury prone 3rd down back is a good OL.

By the way, trivia question for the DD isn't big enough, we need a big, full time back crowd--how many RB's in top twenty so far this year are over 230 lbs? OK the suspense would be too much--3. And just 2 more are in between DD's weight and 230. So 75% of the top RB's are DD's size or smaller. The DD is too small argument just doesn't hunt.
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Im not saying DD is imjury prone , take a look back on page one of this thread (7th reply to this topic ) . "IF only Carr could finish a game with a clean uniform."
What im getting at here is the fact he has missed a lot of Preperation / Practice / Reps that had he not ben injured he is possibly better prepared . Missing training camp and practice time with the first team has hurt , no doubt about it , he's just not playing near as well as last season ....Hollings nor Wells aregonna take the starting position from DD.
No , he's not the fastest nor biggest back the Texans have . But he is the most complete back on the Texans roster . Emmitt Smith is a good comparison for the type of back DD is although he has done it for many seasons . If DD can have a carreer half as good as Smith's im sure the coaching staff / managment will be thrilled as will most of the fans .
Its my best guess that DD comes on strong late in the season ..... Good luck and Good Health DD .
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corrosion--I wasn't refering to you with the injury prone comment. There are several folks in this thread and a number of others that have described DD that way--maybe he is, but 1.25 seasons isn't going to tell us that. Just one of those constant themes we get that I wanted to address along with the we should have taken Portis and DD is too small things.

By the way, since we all agree Portis is a very good back, how is this for a demonstration of the importance of an OL?

Clinton Portis 2002 & 2003 5.5 ypc 5 fumbles and 3 fumbles
2004 3.6 ypc 4 fumbles (in 5 games).
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By the way, since we all agree Portis is a very good back, how is this for a demonstration of the importance of an OL?

Clinton Portis 2002 & 2003 5.5 ypc 5 fumbles and 3 fumbles
2004 3.6 ypc 4 fumbles (in 5 games).
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