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He rode the bench b/c he was hurt pretty much for every season after his rookie season, but he still saw touches every year after his rookie year all the way up to 2011 however few they were. Still does not erase the FACT of what i said........ which is that Kubiak kept giving him the ball after the debacle of 2009 that his season was. The only real reason why he was relegated to the bench & didn't see more touches is b/c by that time Foster was emerging..who he himself would have a bit of fumblitis in 2011 & had had fumble concerns coming out of college.Slaton:
Steve Slaton: Pos: RB, Career: 45 G, 18 TD, 1896 Yds, 4.3 Y/A, Texans/Dolphins 2008-2011, born PA 1986www.pro-football-reference.com
I have a baseline for RB:
- one fumble per 100 touches, great.
- one fumble per 75 touches; OK, but you need to make a few plays.
- one fumble per 50 touches ==>> bench, unless you make a ton of big plays to make up for it.
If you don't even make play: CUT
Slaton's rookie year: 318 touches, 5.2 yards per touch, total 1,659 yards from scrimmage, 10 TDs, 3 fumbles (that's 1 fumble every 106 touches) ==>> Excellent.
He had speed; he made good cuts; he bounced off defenders, made them missed, or pulled away from them.
Slaton's second year: 175 touches, 4.9 yards per touch, total 854 yards from scrimmage, 7 TDs, 7 Fumbles (terrible).
Look at the game log here:
In game 7, a win against the Niners, Slaton scored 2 TDs, but he lost a fumble.Steve Slaton 2009 Game Logwww.pro-football-reference.com
He rode the bench from then on.
The guys that replaced him:
- Ryan Moats, 114 touches, 4.4 yards per touch, 5 TDs, 3 fumbles (one every 38 touches; also terrible).
- Chris Brown, 95 touches, 3.6 yards per touch, 1 fumble (safe but not any good.)
So you see, Slaton did ride the bench; and he was relegated to punt return duty the next year.
Where's that 2 seasons afterward that you're talking about.
P.S. - And like I told Steelb, I still have all the games somewhere in the house; at least a couple of his fumbles were of the unfortunate kind. He protected the ball correctly.