Is Slaton Westrbook 2.0???

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  1. Texecutioner

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    Well I don't know who Slaton reminds everyone else of, but Westrook for me. Slaton has that really good vision like Westy does when he gets into open space and he seemed to be really good in the passing game this year as well. Actually I think that Slaton runs even harder than Westbrook.

    Slaton really reminded me of Westy in that one game where he took that screen pass to the house. It was called back by a BS penalty that had no significance at all near the play, but I thought that screen pass play was fantastic and really looked like Westy on that play.

    Westbrook has been my favorite RB in the league the last few years, so it is great that our new rookie reminds me of such a great RB that is also an exciting one. We really need to get Slaton a lot more involved in the passing game though the way the Eagles do with Westy.
     
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  2. Ckw

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    Good comparison. That play that got called back was in the Baltimore game. Once that happened, we never recovered.

    If Slaton can have the kind of career Westbrook has had, we will be extremely happy.
     
  3. Texecutioner

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    Well he is short just like Westy and really seems to have that same kind of vision. I don't care what anyone says Westbrook has had the best vision of any back in the league the last few seasons once he gets past the line of scrimmage. He takes 15 yard pass plays to the house on the regular. That play of Westbrook yesterday was just another for his archive.

    I think that we'll be seeing similar stuff out of Slaton. Slaton is much better than Westbrook was in Westbrook's rookie season. I'm not saying that he'll have a better career, but he has already had a much better start and has a very similar skill set with the way Slaton can shake and bake and shift from side to side like Westy.
     
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    If he passes that skill level, he will be Barry Sanders 2.0.....Heck Id take Barry .05
     
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    They have similar skill sets and similar size; I'd say the comparison is apt. But that's not to say Slaton will have the same kind of success as Westbrook.

    Also, you have to take the good with the bad. If Slaton does have the same speed, vision, and burst as Westbrook, he might also have the same durability, which will be an issue. With the hits Slaton takes on his small frame and the taxing his running style takes on his body, it becomes imperative that we add a second back to (1) lighten the load on Slaton, (2) be a viable fill-in for the inevitable missed games, and (3) offer a contrasting style for defenses to plan against.
     
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    We need to get someone to share the load with Steve, thats pretty obvious. We don't want to burn this guy out and be left with nothing. The days of the 'featured back' are over.

    The good news is that I think Kubiak and Smith are both well aware of this and are going to try and go out and get him some help. They will see what there is in the draft I think first.
     
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    I would love to get Shon Greene to pair with Slaton. Dude is going to be a great bruising back. He'll either be off the boards in the first or second round though, so no realistic chance we could get Greene. We shouldn't even consider picking a RB at least until the 3rd round. We need to stack up the D.
     
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    True to a point. We definitely need another RB to share the load w/ Slaton, but the ZBS the Texans run is a far cry from the schemes used in the Iggles offense. Ideally, he should NOT be taking as much a pounding at the line of scrimmage.
     
  10. Ckw

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    Agreed. I also strongly believe we need a new C. I am no expert, but it would seem to me that at all the other OL positions lighter, faster guys can be used. I do not believe this is the case with the C. You have got to have a guy that can get a good push and pave the way for the RB through those big DTs.
     
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    They have the same number(Steve & Barry)......

    I hope Steve Slaton turns out to be the next Steve Slaton. Then people can compare other running backs to him and say, "I hope he turns out to be the next Steve Slaton." :texflag:
     
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    I'd say he is. They are about the same size, too, only Westbrook is obviously more muscular (being in the league longer).
     
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    I was gonna say Westbrook looks like he has a little more meat on his bones, but nfl.com lists Slaton at 5'9, 203 #'s and Westbrook at 5'10, 203 #'s - very similar. I think it's a good comparison. Westbrook is kind of an odd duck in that he gets mentioned as being underrated so often that I'm not sure who's left out there still, for lack of a better word, underrating him. Westbrook is consistently one of the most productive players in the league and is a constant threat to take it to the house. Slaton brings the same home run threat, but I think he still needs to develop his pass catching a bit to be on par with Westbrook. I'd love to see Slaton get more well-timed screens and just let him do his thing like the Eagles do with BW.
     
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    NFL.com may not be very up to date. Wetbrooks gotta be knock'n on 225.

    But I wouldn't compare SS with Westbrook. For the longest, Westbrook couldn't take it up the middle. Steve hasn't had that problem yet.

    I like that Moats kid, he's just as fast, if not faster. I'd like to keep him in the rotation. Then we've got Darius Walker to go after the tough yards,

    not to mention we might get something out of Green & Chris Brown next year.
     
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    I'm pretty sure we don't have Darius Walker anymore (been a while) and I'm not taking my chances with Chris Brown and Ahman Green next year. Moats will be #3.
     
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    Darius Walker was on our practice squad at the end of the season, so we should have him.
     
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    Ive been saying for a couple years that we need a Westbrook style of back.. so I hope that is exactly what Slaton ends up being.
     
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    C is actually the most undersized OL position as a general matter.

    Not a chance in hades Westbrook goes 225 lbs. By the way, the Eagles list him at 203 as well.
     
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    To put it simple: I damn sure hope so! :fans:
     
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    Slaton is very comparable to Westbrook but Slaton reminds me of Tony Dorsett but Westbrook is a great comparison and I hope he grows into marshall faulk #2
     

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