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Old 08-10-2008   #1
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if you guys saw the same steve slaton i did...well...we got our guy. Competition over. Slaton is the man. Jump on the bandwagon now. I mean now. Not a bad thing to say about the guy.
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I thought he got tackled pretty easily. Didn't seem to grind out for those extra yards. Making decisions after one preseason game would be dumb.
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you didn't see what i saw. Three times he got tripped up by somebody grasping a hand on his legs.

He made good good reads, good cuts, and had a burst. Insanely fast. I could not be any higher on his potential
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Default Re: So our running back situation is solved

where's the start sage rosenfels thread?
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Since we are still looking for running backs, I would like to nominate myself. I am 5'10 160-165 and have plenty of tread on my tires despite being 27. What do yall think?! AWTYSST for Texans back!
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I dunno, but I know one thing...

Chris Taylor has very limited vision...I didn't like the way he played at all...
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you didn't see what i saw. Three times he got tripped up by somebody grasping a hand on his legs.

He made good good reads, good cuts, and had a burst. Insanely fast. I could not be any higher on his potential
I want to see how he does going against a first string defense. He was the Texans best RB yesterday so maybe Kubiak will play him earlier in the next preseason game.
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What's up with Chris Brown? Is he hurt?
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Default Re: So our running back situation is solved

I hint a bit of sarcasm yet at the same time some seriousness. I will say I really really liked what I saw from Slaton. He is not ready to be our primary RB quite yet, but I love him in the mix of things and on special teams. Great quickness, great vision.

The 1st few times he got the ball on kick offs, it seemed he was really excited and just started flying. The third time(?) I think is when he got his best return by waiting for the blocks to develop instead of just outrunning everyone. This showed me he (i) had good vision find some paths, (ii) learned from previously "unsuccesses" (iii) and/or listens to coaches or players well on the sidelines telling him what he was doing wrong and how to fix it- he went out and executed. I could be way off, but thats my way of justifying it

I think Slaton has a long future ahead of him on the Texans (albeit it was just preseason)... the other RB's, I'm not so sure of.
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I nominate MYSELF!
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I think I can be down to a playing weight of 320 by the time the season starts.
And I'm pretty fleet of foot for a big brotha!
Actually there is precedent. FRITZ POLLARD was basically my size(he was 5'9 165) and he is a HOF. I think we could do it!
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Default Re: So our running back situation is solved

Andre Ware (during 610 radio broadcast) mentioned one of the top RB's in the country is the younger brother of a Texan but I can't recall his name for the life of me anyone know who he was talking about?
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Andre Ware (during 610 radio broadcast) mentioned one of the top RB's in the country is the younger brother of a Texan but I can't recall his name for the life of me anyone know who he was talking about?
Sure you don't have it backwards? Isn't Dominique the younger brother of Marion?
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Marion Barber III (cowgirls) older bother of Dominique Barber S
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Ya I heard that too, but I don't remember who it was.
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if you guys saw the same steve slaton i did...well...we got our guy. Competition over. Slaton is the man. Jump on the bandwagon now. I mean now. Not a bad thing to say about the guy.
I didn't see anything yesterday that would give me confidence that he could run between the tackles............of course, I didn't see anything that would give me confidence that any of our RBs could run between the tackles.
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Slaton looked to have the "wiggle" and the pep in his step that the other guys seemed to lack.

Slaton got tackled, but as SWTbound said...there was several times where it was by Slaton's legs/ankle/feet, as if to make a last-gasp dive for Slaton.

He's got to find a way to churn those legs when he senses the defensive player is going for his legs/ankle/feet. That's what made DD so good: He'd get extra yards after that sort of contact.

Slaton comes across as probably the best option thus far. We haven't seen Chris Brown yet, but I saw him enough on the bench the past few years to know that it isn't going to last long for us.

I'll jump on the bandwagon, SWT.
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At this point, I've only seen him on a teeny tiny window in a web broadcast. I need to see the game on my TV before I jump on the bandwagon.

But I've been trying to not start hyping this guy as our savior ever since we drafted him. I want this guy to be our next DD and I want him to surpass DD.

But at this point (first freaking preseason game in a wee li'l window), he seems to get knocked down too easy.
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Honestly I thought Walker looked better than Slaton. He is the only guy I saw who played 1 cut and go.
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I want to see Slaton pick up a blitz properly before I anoint him with anything. If he can do that, I'm all ears. If he cannot, we cannot play him. Unless, of course, the idea of Alex Brink running our offense this year has some appeal.

Unfortunately, I can't say that any of our other options can do that, either. Taylor completely botched that corner-blitz. Don't know about Walker's and Brown's ability against the blitz. Ahman Green was one of the best in the business at picking up linebackers, but we know the problem there . . .

I'm definitely intrigued by what Slaton brings to the table, but I've always been worried about his ability to take on an angry linebacker.
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I want to see Slaton pick up a blitz properly before I anoint him with anything. If he can do that, I'm all ears. If he cannot, we cannot play him. Unless, of course, the idea of Alex Brink running our offense this year has some appeal.

Unfortunately, I can't say that any of our other options can do that, either. Taylor completely botched that corner-blitz. Don't know about Walker's and Brown's ability against the blitz. Ahman Green was one of the best in the business at picking up linebackers, but we know the problem there . . .

I'm definitely intrigued by what Slaton brings to the table, but I've always been worried about his ability to take on an angry linebacker.
I'm still waiting to see him break a tackle. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here. He's certainly not going to be anything more than a role player this season. He's got a lot of things to work on right now from what I saw.
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