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Shane 03-19-2004 12:26 PM

Who will back up Clinton Portis?
I think that to give Clinton Portis a chance to be fresh and to minimize the workload he gets to keep him healthy, we need a halfback that can be a serious threat to partner with him and take on 15-20% of the carries.

I think Sultan McCullough has a chance to be a very good running back. He showed some real flashes, and I think that he will really show something when he gets a chance in preseason. McCullough potentially is that kind of breakaway threat you would like in Portis' backup.

Sheriff Gonna Getcha 03-19-2004 12:40 PM

Word is that Gibbs likes McCullough (I can't remember my source).

I don't think we've got problems at tailback anymore. We've got Trung, Ladell, Chad, Rock, and Sultan to help carry the load. Of those, Trung will probably be the only one cut. Ladell is still a work in progress and Gibbs likes guys like Betts. Chad Morton got a $2.5 million SB so he's not going anywhere; besides Gibbs loves special teamers. Rock is a fan favorite and has showed he can be a very good change-up back.

skinsfanthru&thru 03-19-2004 02:27 PM

I liked what McCullough showed in the preseason but lets not forget that was the preseason against back up defenses. Aside from errors in picking up the blitz or running into the qb on the hand off in his first year, I think Betts could be a solid back up. He'd be a bit of a change of pace back and he has a solid frame for pounding it up the middle a bit which we all know Gibbs loves to do. He's shown he can catch well and he has decent speed too. Like someone posted a while back, his injuries were bone related which heal well unlike a muscle or ligament injury that could linger. Plus, I don't know about the rest of u, but Rock showed me last year that if he's needed he can carry the load. sure he had a couple bad fumbles but every player is gonna have things like that happen every once in a while especially if they r suddenly starting at a position they haven't gotten much playing time at in about 4 years. That guy has a motor and it seemed he was breaking atleast one tackle every other carry. With Patrick johnson gone though, who do you guys see to come in as the 4th or 5th wr and/or back up returner?

offiss 03-19-2004 02:32 PM

Well I am part of the crack committee to put Bett's in the hall of fame, so you you know who I am voting for. :D

illone 03-19-2004 02:45 PM

i see betts emerging soon

skinsguy 03-19-2004 03:19 PM

I would say Betts would be a decent back-up for Portis. Maybe Cartwright can help out too like he did last year.

jbcjr14 03-19-2004 04:16 PM

Betts will be the backup....Cartwright will be the starting fullback with Johnson in the rotation....also look for Sellars and Chamberlain to play some H-back a la Clint Didier back in the late 80's in the power running game.

Ade Jimoh Fan Club 03-19-2004 05:01 PM

Here's a different angle: Betts will be the backup, and Sultan the backup-backup. Rock will back-up Sultan, and Morton can back-up him. Oh yeah, Trungie can back-up to the exit door.

SmootSmack 03-19-2004 05:22 PM

I hear they're thinking of converting Jimoh and going to a two back offense, Portis and Jimoh :D

Gibbs has said he sees Betts as a third-down back, and I can see Cartwright as the fullback and in goal line situations. I have a feeling Sultan will emerge this summer as the primary backup. Morton will be a change of pace back, draw plays, pitch outs, etc. Trung will have a change of address

I see Seller and Bryan Johnson at H-Back

Paintrain 03-19-2004 05:32 PM

I don't see them carrying 7 ruuning backs on the roster (Portis, Betts, Morton, McCollough, Rock, Johnson, Sellers).. I think Sellers or Johnson may be cut during camp..

offiss 03-19-2004 05:51 PM

[QUOTE=Ade Jimoh Fan Club]Here's a different angle: Betts will be the backup, and Sultan the backup-backup. Rock will back-up Sultan, and Morton can back-up him. Oh yeah, Trungie can back-up to the exit door.[/QUOTE]

I wouldn't be so quick to dump trung, late in the year he started running hard like he's supposed to, he was attacking the hole, I think thing's finally clicked with him, I would hope we give him a chance to prove he's a different back than in the past, he has so much talent I would hate to see him realize his potential with another team, and I have been down on the guy since we traded for him, Ade jimoh FC- trung could use a fan club as well. :headbange

SmootSmack 03-19-2004 06:38 PM

I think financially it makes the most sense to cut Trung over any of the other backs, at least that's what I've heard

skins009 03-19-2004 06:44 PM

I think we need to pick up at least one power back to grind out the short yards, when we can to give portis a rest. Were not gonna need a change of pace back. Portis already has enough speed for anything. We might need a change in power back though.

Longtimefan 03-19-2004 06:45 PM

Ladell Betts will in all likelehood back up Clinton Portis, but let's not chase Trung out the door so swiftly. He could very well be the perfect 3rd down back a la Joe Washington, Kelvin Bryant. So much untapped potential on the team having gone unrecognized because we had no one to coach them. Running Trung between the Tackles for 25 carries a game wont cut it. Perfect as a situational back.

Shane 03-19-2004 07:30 PM

The Saints just sent an offer sheet for Bryan Johnson - we have of course 7 days.

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