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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp



    IDK, the year we lost Jamal and played with Terry Allen and Jason Brookins as replacements, the RB position was way more important and the game was different back then.

    Nowadays, teams can plug and play a RB and teams like the 49ers and Saints are going like four deep with starter talent.

    I'm less worried about backup RB still because its still early and RB maybe the easiest of the skill positions to fill in. Especially a backup one IMO.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Last thing ozzie wants is a repeat of 2001. I have heard him in interviews (after that season) say that he would never go into a season without a vet RB behind the starter. As we get closer to week 1, if the coaches dont feel comfortable with pierce/allen/berry, there is little doubt that oz will make a move, whether it be benson, grant, or whoever. Its very disappointing that pierce hasnt been able to stay on the practice field, i think everybody has high hopes for that kid.
    Last edited by ballhawk; 08-07-2012 at 09:52 PM.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by HKusp View Post
    He hits the hole hard and is quick.
    LOL




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by B-more Ravor View Post
    Me, too. I'm having bad memories of Chris Barnes (4th round pick) washing out and not even making the team, then being forced to rely on Terry Allen and Jason Brookins to carry the load.

    While none of the FAs are worth much and aren't likely to be picked up soon, I'd rather they take their pick of the guy they'd prefer, instead of waiting and getting stuck with what's left (although, the FA RBs may, themselves, be waiting to see where the best opportunity is).

    It may not be to that point just yet, but I think it's quickly approaching that point.
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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by B-more Ravor View Post
    Me, too. I'm having bad memories of Chris Barnes (4th round pick) washing out and not even making the team, then being forced to rely on Terry Allen and Jason Brookins to carry the load.

    While none of the FAs are worth much and aren't likely to be picked up soon, I'd rather they take their pick of the guy they'd prefer, instead of waiting and getting stuck with what's left (although, the FA RBs may, themselves, be waiting to see where the best opportunity is).

    It may not be to that point just yet, but I think it's quickly approaching that point.
    Yes, I agree with you too.
    I am thinking the staff is waiting to see what happens thursday night before making any moves.
    If the runningbacks perform, then maybe they stay pat.
    Have to give it a few days.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    As pointed out in another thread.
    THere could be a RB cut from NO too...




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthbirds80 View Post
    IDK, the year we lost Jamal and played with Terry Allen and Jason Brookins as replacements, the RB position was way more important and the game was different back then.

    Nowadays, teams can plug and play a RB and teams like the 49ers and Saints are going like four deep with starter talent.

    I'm less worried about backup RB still because its still early and RB maybe the easiest of the skill positions to fill in. Especially a backup one IMO.
    IDK about that plug and play bit: Matt lawrence, Cedric Peerman, and maybe AA and Pierce. It takes more than a warm body in the Ravens offense.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by houstonravensfan View Post
    IDK about that plug and play bit: Matt lawrence, Cedric Peerman, and maybe AA and Pierce. It takes more than a warm body in the Ravens offense.
    Yeah, considering OUR offense, RB is pretty important. If it wasn't, why run out and pay Rice all that money? If Rice goes down, we are in a ton of trouble.

    Eisenberg said yesterday that basically, the guys expected to compete for that #2 spot have been a disappointment.

    It's time to look at other options if AA and Berry don't step up and Flipper (Pierce), continues to live in the tub.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    I wouldn't be against bringing in Cedric Benson. He put up 1k yards last year. Granted with only 3.9 yard average per carry. He would be a nice change of pace from Rice. Just hit the hole hard for at least 3-4 yards.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by Raveninwoodlawn View Post
    Yeah, considering OUR offense, RB is pretty important. If it wasn't, why run out and pay Rice all that money? If Rice goes down, we are in a ton of trouble.

    Eisenberg said yesterday that basically, the guys expected to compete for that #2 spot have been a disappointment.

    It's time to look at other options if AA and Berry don't step up and Flipper (Pierce), continues to live in the tub.

    Yeah I agree to a point, but I was more on the backup and that the offense I feel will change a bit this year especially as Joe ascends to being a great QB. I would not be surprised it Rice's carries drop a bit and is given more balls in space, but I get your points.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by houstonravensfan View Post
    IDK about that plug and play bit: Matt lawrence, Cedric Peerman, and maybe AA and Pierce. It takes more than a warm body in the Ravens offense.
    Yeah I definately wasn't saying getting those guys, but my mention to the depth on some of these teams where they have a lot of starter types in waiting, would be attractive.

    I wouldn't like seeing Benson in here for some reason. How about Thomas Jones? The player behind Rice would not need to do much except for probably short yardage.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthbirds80 View Post
    Yeah I agree to a point, but I was more on the backup and that the offense I feel will change a bit this year especially as Joe ascends to being a great QB. I would not be surprised it Rice's carries drop a bit and is given more balls in space, but I get your points.
    I think Joe and the passing game will get better too, but I'm not just assuming that.

    Joe has to do it first before I start reducing the amount of importance in our running game.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Pierce WILL be a beast.




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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    The only veteran who really interests me is Ryan Grant. He looked solid with a good number of reps for the Packers last year. Thomas Jones was terrible behind a good run blocking line that actually helped the 4th string Jackie Battle put some some good numbers. Benson can't run outside and stutter steps through holes. He looks just like Jamal did at the end. Addai has the reputation for being the best pass blocking back around and we have his former coach but something must be off for the Pats to dump him that quickly. Grant is the only old back worth looking at.

    More likely we're going to end up with a 3rd player than no one ever heard of. Someone who gets cut from another roster. Someone like Kahlil Bell of the Bears or Antoine Smith of the Falcons.
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    Re: I'm now firmly in the "we need to look at picking up a backup RB" camp

    Quote Originally Posted by RavensNTerps View Post
    Pierce WILL be a beast.
    Uh, when will that be? As of now, I'm with the "let's get a veteran RB" group. Ricky Williams did a good job last season, and I'm surprised he retired. This team is a Super Bowl contender, and as such needs reassurance @ back-up RB.
    Yeah, Pierce can be the #3, but as of now his chances of being the #2 are getting dimmer and dimmer... Bc




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