Just how good is Steve Slaton?

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  1. gtexan02

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    He ranks 10th in the NFL in total yards rushing, despite having by far the fewest carries.

    He ranks 2nd in the NFL in yards per carry, of all running backs with at least 100 carries.

    He ranks 10th in the NFL in touchdowns.

    Out of all backs with at least 100 carries (over 40), Slaton is one of only 14 to have never lost a fumble.

    He ranks 12th in the NFL among running backs with 34 receptions.


    This guy is a stud. I'm changing my Green jersey to a Slaton if I can figure out how
     
  2. Goatcheese

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    He has 10 plays of 20+ and 4 of 40+.

    That's more explosive than some teams passing attacks.
     
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    Very good.
     
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    He reminds me of Portis in Denver. He's squatty with a powerful base, great instincts and good vision.
     
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    THe thing about Slaton is that he'll get stuffed at the line every other rush, but then at least once a drive he'll rip off something big. I'd be interested to see what his rush yards for each play were on MNF...
     
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    I used to think that as well,b ut watching last night, i realized its not true at all.

    In between the 10's, he's good for at least 4 or 5 a carry, plus some big ones. When he's running at the goaline, he does get stuffed.

    I saw him fight for yards almost every single time he touched the ball.
     
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    it's kinda surprising, but I think Slaton, Chris Johnson, and Thomas Jones should be the RB's from the AFC in the Pro Bowl. The "elite" backs have either not done much, or have been injured.
     
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    Slaton aka BTRB

    Better than Reggie Bush!
     


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    You can thank Myers for that......Myers got owned last night, our right side of the line (C, RG) sucks.

    Oh BTW, what do I think of Slaton.......he's the best rookie RB out of the draft (even better than Chris Johnson...yeah I said it) and to think I cussed this team when they passed on Rashard Mendenhall.
     
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  10. gtexan02

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    I noticed two amazing runs, both off Briesel
     
  11. Ole Miss Texan

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    Slaton is awesome! I think he's got a lot of talent but I think some props needs to be given to Gibbs as well. His teams have consistently been ranked near the top in rushing while he's been coaching and its starting to come true here. We talked a lot about it before the season and we're seeing slaton have some monster games. don't confuse that with me taking anything away from slaton though, he's doing so so well.

    I like how he's making good reads and is a lot tougher runner than anyone gave him credit for. One play last night (near the beginning of the game) he got hit about 2 yards upfield and kept churning his legs and twisting and gained another 7 yards or so.

    I think a big reason why he gets stuffed at the goalline is b/c our OL is undersized. Jacksonville has a big DL, we have a small OL... it's no surprise we get physically dominated when we try to play power running straight up the middle. That's not our OL's cup of tea and we'll lose that battle more than we'll win it.

    As for the Clinton Portis comparison... completely agree. As much as I like slaton, I know we can still find similar backs each draft, we just have to keep on plugging them in. I would love to trade him for a Champ Bailey like Denver did. :)

    Portis was a 2nd rounder, did he play in denver only two years? If the raiders franchise Asomogha again, or did they already? Maybe next year we can trade slaton for him. That'd be a comperable Portis/Bailey trade and the Raiders are just that crazy they may do it. :drool:
     
  12. Porky

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    When drafted, Slaton reminded me a lot of a poor man's Reggie Bush.

    Turns out that Bush is a poor man's Steve Slaton if anything, and frankly Slaton is much better between the tackles.

    The guy has just tremendous balance, can change directions on a dime, and has first class burst. When he hits the seam, he can go from 0 to 60 like a cheetah. Just really great burst.

    He kind of reminds me of Dominck Davis, but with more quickness and burst, homerun speed, much better balance, and better overall field vision.

    Clearly and quite easily the best RB we have had in our existence.

    My only concern is durability since he is a smallish feature back.
     
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    I've noticed that most of Steve's successful runs come off the left side, but maybe Myers' suckage is dragging Briesel down. Our center stinks...(I still remember the play in the Pittsburgh game where Chris was picked up and thrown into Slaton for a tackle..that was horrible.
     
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    He doesn't have the power that DD had but across the board everything else is as good or better. And Slaton does have some power but DD was a bowling ball. Hopefully Slaton has a real long and productive career here.
     
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    They both start with the same key ingredient--initial burst/time to top speed. Obviously Slaton's top speed is better. I would actually say DD had just as much balance but it was displayed in his close quarters running. DD was much more likely to get you three when you had to have three, but Slaton is much more likely to exploit a good hole to the tune of 40 instead of 15. Slaton could also watch some DD film on minimizing contact with slight shifts.
     
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    Between the twenties....few better...if he can stay healthy ....he has a chance to make it "best" ever.

    I wouldn't trade him for twenty Reggie Bushes.


    However, he has to have a soul mate bruiser power back to go with him. No matter how much you love him...that isn't going to change.

    He's burning up his nine NFL lives very time he touches the ball more than fifteen times a game. The only question is how long we go befor we lock the power back up ?

    And his blocking could improve.
     
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    Most teams are switching to the dual back system.

    I don't see any reason why we should not get a bruiser to pair with Slaton. By putting a combo like that together we would get better results, plus extend both of thier careers by not forcing them to tangle a full load every single game.
     
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    Marion Barber , Brandon Jacobs , and Michael Turner were all drafted in the 4th round . I think the thing that can't be timed is desire and power backs slip because they run a 4.6 something . This is a good thing for us being we're in the market for one .
     
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    Steve Slaton is a mini-Emmitt Smith to me. While he doesn't have the upper leg strength to move a pile as well as Emmitt, he's also faster than Smith ever was.

    Each game keeps cementing that picture in my mind. Give Slaton a chance to glimpse the "second level" and he'll be a 1400-yd. back. He still needs time to mature in the ZBS and make the single-cut a little quicker, but he's "getting there" fast.
     
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    We are just scratching the surface in how good he makes this team. Once we get him involved in the passing game our offense will get scarier. All we need at this point is a C and/or a short yardage back.

    Slaton turns goatpiss into gasoline.
     

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