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Old 05-29-2008   #1
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Just trying to figure out what everyone thinks of our new rookie runningback steve slaton. Im expecting big thinks out of him... maybe not right away because of us having money invested in A.G and we have to give him time to become comfortable and learn the playbook. However, I feel like once he gets familiar with it and is ready he has alot of upside. We can only hope for hime to play like a certain someone that plays in philly now.
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Just trying to figure out what everyone thinks of our new rookie runningback steve slaton. Im expecting big thinks out of him... maybe not right away because of us having money invested in A.G and we have to give him time to become comfortable and learn the playbook. However, I feel like once he gets familiar with it and is ready he has alot of upside. We can only hope for hime to play like a certain someone that plays in philly now.
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Just trying to figure out what everyone thinks of our new rookie runningback steve slaton. Im expecting big thinks out of him... maybe not right away because of us having money invested in A.G and we have to give him time to become comfortable and learn the playbook. However, I feel like once he gets familiar with it and is ready he has alot of upside. We can only hope for hime to play like a certain someone that plays in philly now.

He was my favorite draft pick. Since our first year(2002) I have wanted a RB that can take it in for a TD everytime he touches the ball and Slaton fills that void.
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Westbrook is a good comp. he adds a playmaker to the offense, at least a 3rd down situational option for Schaub & Co.
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Slaton is what he is right now, a good 3rd down back/receiver type. Because of his slight size, he needs to get in the weight room and put on some muscle to even be thought of in the same breath with Westbrook.
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upside is a Clinton Portis/Westbrook type back. Downside is a 3rd down slot player that can't run between the tackles.
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Because of his slight size, he needs to get in the weight room and put on some muscle to even be thought of in the same breath with Westbrook.
Westbrook is an inch taller and 6 lbs heavier. Not much difference there and one likely to be eclipsed over the next 18 months.
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upside is a Clinton Portis/Westbrook type back. Downside is a 3rd down slot player that can't run between the tackles.

Downside would equal Reggie Bush.
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Slaton is what he is right now, a good 3rd down back/receiver type. Because of his slight size, he needs to get in the weight room and put on some muscle to even be thought of in the same breath with Westbrook.
As long as he has a work ethic of a runningback who wants to start, the strength will come in time. Im not to concerned about his size because all good things dont come in big packages... ( although it wouldnt hurt) What he NEEDS to do is learn the playbook and prove his durability.
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upside is a Clinton Portis/Westbrook type back. Downside is a 3rd down slot player that can't run between the tackles.
But isn't Gibbs' ZBS renowned for opening up gaping holes between the tackles?
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Downside would equal Reggie Bush.
LMAO... I couldnt think of anything worse for him right now.
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But isn't Gibbs' ZBS renowned for opening up gaping holes between the tackles?
Draft busts Chris Henry or JJ Arrington may be able to run between the tackles in a Gibbs system but that doesn't mean they wouldn't be replaced by a real running back.
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upside is a Clinton Portis/Westbrook type back. Downside is a 3rd down slot player that can't run between the tackles.
That's about accurate.
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upside is a Clinton Portis/Westbrook type back. Downside is a 3rd down slot player that can't run between the tackles.
Why did we have to bring Reggie Bush into the conversation?
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Pre draft many had Super Slick going in first round and he dropped as time went by. Many voice apprehension over his size and how it will project in NFL over the pre and regular season. I had too many backs rated ahead of him and my focus was on Forte in 3rd or maybe a second if we got a 2 in a trade. Slaton was not on my list. I saw Jamaal Charles as same type but bigger if we were going RB in lower first due to trade down or a 2nd. JC would have been perfect in ZBS but I really wanted a LT so the first round pick of Brown really suited me. Then I was surprised that Sage did not go for a two. After the trade we got Molden and two of the spots of need were addressed and we got Mr. Slaton as 2nd pick in the third and I can not believe our luck! I think he is perfect for what Gibbs wants and the acquisition of a very fast Duane Brown (5.09) + our even better WR group should eat up yardage. IMO Slaton will not be busting between the tackles straight up the field. The ZBS and Super Slick were made for each other.
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Pre draft many had Super Slick going in first round and he dropped as time went by. Many voice apprehension over his size and how it will project in NFL over the pre and regular season. I had too many backs rated ahead of him and my focus was on Forte in 3rd or maybe a second if we got a 2 in a trade. Slaton was not on my list. I saw Jamaal Charles as same type but bigger if we were going RB in lower first due to trade down or a 2nd. JC would have been perfect in ZBS but I really wanted a LT so the first round pick of Brown really suited me. Then I was surprised that Sage did not go for a two. After the trade we got Molden and two of the spots of need were addressed and we got Mr. Slaton as 2nd pick in the third and I can not believe our luck! I think he is perfect for what Gibbs wants and the acquisition of a very fast Duane Brown (5.09) + our even better WR group should eat up yardage. IMO Slaton will not be busting between the tackles straight up the field. The ZBS and Super Slick were made for each other.
I was Pro JC myself... I almost thought we would get him in the third but we all saw what happened on pick 73.
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I was Pro JC myself... I almost thought we would get him in the third but we all saw what happened on pick 73.
I was really hoping Charles would be a Texan. It would have brought a lot of attention to Houston nationwide with comparisons between Charles and Young. Pre game chatter prior to Tennessee games twice a year would be huge. Hopefully Slaton will help me to forget what might have been.
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I was really hoping Charles would be a Texan. It would have brought a lot of attention to Houston nationwide with comparisons between Charles and Young. Pre game chatter prior to Tennessee games twice a year would be huge. Hopefully Slaton will help me to forget what might have been.
I am a UT fan and always liked Charles. I would have been happy to see him as a Texan, but in all honesty his tendancy to put the ball on the ground really scared me. He was much better in the second part of last season, but he was the one player that made me hold my breath every time he touched the ball. I don't know how Slaton compares...but Charles literally has world-class speed.
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