Alfred Blue- Resigned

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  1. BigWig

    BigWig Bigimus Wigimus

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    Can someone tell me why?
    Sorry but not a fan at all, there must be other RB's that would be similar or close to his level.
     
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    infantrycak Admin & Mod Staff Member

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    I'm with you. But familiarity & pass protection.
     
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  3. steelbtexan

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    The Texans striving annually for mediocrity.
     
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    infantrycak Admin & Mod Staff Member

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    So Gains is striving for mediocrity?
     
  5. Lucky

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    Signing a one year deal with 90k guaranteed doesn’t make Blue a lock to make the roster. It’s a long time before the season starts. There will be players acquired between now and the start of the season.

    Everyone knows this. Just a reminder.
     
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    I'm sure he'll be an integral part of the RB solution...for when we run RB1 into the ground again. If not, he's a camp body that they don't have to explain the offense to.
     
  7. AngryNateFTW

    AngryNateFTW All Pro

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    Dang, he resigned? We just re-signed him yesterday. Bummer. :(
     
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    Blue is insurance in case Foreman doesn't come back the same and neither of these UDFAs is good enough to play.

    I think we're in a pretty tough spot at RB. We haven't used Miller correctly and we're still entirely too dependent on him. If he went down our run game would be screwed.
     
  9. bigmck

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    Is that Re Signed or Resigned??
     
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  10. PolarBear

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    I agree that Blue is insurance.
    Why ANYONE would think that Foreman would 'come back the same' after an achilles tear is beyond me...if they look at both history and CnD's comments on this topic.

     


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    and special teams play...

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  12. Porky

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    In fairness, I thought Blue looked pretty darn good at times last year and he's a contributor on 4th down as well. I am good with this move, particularly given Foreman's situation and the fact they didn't grab one in the draft.

    I've been more critic than fan, but for a 6th rd choice, he's delivered. It's not like he was a top 10 pick or something.

    Not to veer off into the weeds, but I've been thinking about the Jordan Akins selection. My totally wild guess is that it might be an indicator that the offense is going to try and spread the defense out. Instead of trying to beef up and run people up the gut, maybe it's going to look a little more like the run and shoot with one back, 3/4 wides and/or a TE who basically is one and let Watson do his thing without a "real" TE on the field.

    If that's the case, it might help the running game. Blue is a bit of a banger I suppose but I think he can work in space....and that's where Miller is by far at his best. Maybe, just maybe Billy finally recognized that fact and is gearing the offense around a more wide open spread em out concept designed to take advantage of both Miller and Watson's abilities.
     
  13. Bulls on Parade

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    If we have the lead late in the game and all we need is a first down to win the game. Just like we had against the Patriots and Seahawks on the road last year. And it's a 3rd and 1 and only one freakin' yard is all that stands in our way of securing a huge road victory.

    I want a running back that can pick up that one yard to lead the team to a huge win. Please no more of Bill O'Brien calling for a Lamar Miller run up the gut (stuffed again!) and then we punt on 4th down, our defense shits the bed, per usual against Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, and we end up losing in the final minute of the game.

    I'd have rather signed Adrian Peterson to be honest.
    Washed up or not. I believe he can convert those first downs.
    Give us that one yard gain in situations like I mentioned.

    All of a sudden a couple of stupid losses last year turn into wins this year.
     
  14. Scooter

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    Blue is competent. To me that means more for a #3 runningback than experimental. He seems to get a little better with the rock each year, but most importantly he can do what is needed in all facets of the position. He can safely carry the ball in all situations, he can pass protect, he's solid on special teams and he'll catch what is thrown to him. Nothing special or glorious, but it's hard to knock what Blue brings while going gaga for our other specialist acquisitions who may not even make the squad. If we're going to praise Gaine for his focus on special teams and versatility, re-signing Blue for pennies is obvious.
     
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    There were some really good running backs drafted so I expect some decent ones to get cut. Hopefully we can grab one or two. Washington drafted a RB high (Guise) I hope they cut Perine. He didn’t look great last year but he’s got a lot of talent.

    Amber Abdullah could be a cut as well since the lions drafted Kerryon Johnson

    Maybe we should sign Peterson if no one else becomes available. I know he’s old and not the same player anymore but like was mentioned earlier, if miller goes down, ouch!
     
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    Porky, I'm just not feeling any excitement over re-signing Alfred Blue. He's 27 years old. A career 3.6 yards per carry back with five years NFL experience (less than 2,000 combined rushing yards). His overall production has been a disappointment to be honest.

    A couple nice special teams plays notwithstanding, and a few nice rushes and Touchdowns, along with his cool HBO Hard Knocks appearances, and I really can't think of much he's done while with the Houston Texans. I can visualize his impact plays quite easily by memory. There are other backs out there that can give us just as much if not much more.

    Blue had a nice game in the 34-6 loss we had against the Steelers. 16 carries for 108 yards (6.8 yards per carry). Otherwise his total ypc would have been a lot worse.

    I hate having to force myself to like these type of re-signs.
    You have to point out his best performances to justify it.
     
  17. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel BUENO!

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    Last year was some of the hardest running I'd ever seen out of Blue and under hardly optimal circumstances. I'm not married to the idea of keeping Alfred Blue but in a world with Arian Foster as our starter he was a clear drop-off. In a world with Lamar Miller starting for us he's no drop-off at all. Longest carry from scrimmage for Blue was twice as far as Miller toted the rock on the ground.

    Foreman isn't coming back and if he does we won't be seeing the player we lost. Sad but true. He's in the "Tony Boselli/Bennie Joppru/Charles Spencer" zone now (sadly).
     
  18. Scooter

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    I don't want to defend him too heavily because I don't think Blue's a great runningback, but what part of O'Brien's offense has lead you to believe in a successful rushing attack? Shirley it's not the scheme or offensive line.
     
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    Our running game, and offensive line for that matter, will look much better with a healthy Deshaun Watson running the offense. That I can assure you.

    The problem is those short-yardage situations like I mentioned before. We either need O'Brien to trust Watson with audibles or to run the plays himself (let him have the ball in his hands to win the game). Stupid play calling lost us a couple games last year that we should have won.

    Alfred Blue performing well or not, we'll suck if #4 isn't healthy and on the field. Like I mentioned, Blue had a nice game against the Steelers late last year in a game we got blown out 34-6. So Blue can break off all the big runs he wants. It means little to me if we're getting blown out 34-6.

    Where is Blue when we need him on a 3rd and 1 to win the game at Foxborough and at Seattle? Put Blue in there when the pressure is high. When games are on the line!

    People talk so much crap about Adrian Peterson losing a step and being washed up. The dude is going to Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame! A 4.8 yards per carry player. He can likely pick up one yard with the game on the line.
     
  20. Scooter

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    I'm not sure what stance you're taking on keeping Blue.
     

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