Welcome to PatsFans.com

OT: Why aren't running backs more like Maurice Jones Drew?

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Phokus, Oct 15, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Phokus

    Phokus Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    630
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    He's like 5'6" or 5'8", right? Wouldn't it be more beneficial to have shorter, stockier RB's? They have more leverage, plus LBers/Dlinemen would have a harder time seeing them. They don't even need the so-called 'lean' when they run because they're naturally shorter... it'd be hard to hit them too.

    On the opposite side of the spectrum, every time i see Brandon Jacobs run, it looks like he's going to get injured because he has such a high center of gravity and everyone is tackling his legs
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2007
  2. Nordy

    Nordy Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    889
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    How many great, short RBs with the build of Jones-Drew are there out there? His body type matched with athleticism aren't just something you can pick up on the street corner.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2007
  3. Tyler.Durden

    Tyler.Durden Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2007
    Messages:
    586
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

    but there legs are so darn short, they get nowhere fast.
     
  4. ALP

    ALP Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    7,501
    Likes Received:
    18
    Ratings:
    +48 / 2 / -0

    there faster then me and u....put together
     
  5. ALP

    ALP Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    7,501
    Likes Received:
    18
    Ratings:
    +48 / 2 / -0

    while were at it, why arnt more recievers like welker? short? and may i saw white?
     
  6. drew4008

    drew4008 In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    2,367
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0 / -0

    He ran a sub 4.4 forty.

    Unless you were being sarcastic...?
     
  7. MetalBleachers

    MetalBleachers Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Messages:
    1,280
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Lots of college RBs are in the 5-9 range:
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/players.php?genpos=RB&draftyear=2008&sortby=tsxpos&order=ASC

    Jones-Drew is hard to locate and can burrow for extra yards, but his size also makes him a liability in terms of reaching for off-target passes, blocking DEs, and taking the pounding of most every-down backs (considering most D lineman outweigh him by 100 pounds or more, those hits add up quickly for a guy that size).

    I suppose the title of this thread is like asking, "Flutie was successful, so why aren't more QBs 5-foot-9?" You need talent. Jones-Drew is strong, fast, and quick - he has to be - that's what makes him an NFL player.

    Keep an eye on Justin Forsett of Cal this year. He'll get drafted.
     
  8. maverick4

    maverick4 Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2005
    Messages:
    7,669
    Likes Received:
    17
    Ratings:
    +17 / 0 / -0

    There's a trade off because guys 5'8 in the NFL are usually more injury prone.

    You don't often get guys who are 5'8'ish but are 230-something pounds and run a sub 4.4 with great vision.
     
  9. RayClay

    RayClay Pro Bowl Player

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Messages:
    18,625
    Likes Received:
    297
    Ratings:
    +792 / 6 / -10

    #75 Jersey

    Joe Morris, Mack Herron. There are advantages.

    Thing is if you stretch out these guys with the same body proportions, you've got Ricky Williams or Corey Dillon. Less elusiveness, but imagine how strong a 6 foot Morris Drew would be.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2007
  10. ALP

    ALP Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    7,501
    Likes Received:
    18
    Ratings:
    +48 / 2 / -0

    a 6 foot drwe would never go down to the ground...
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>