In response to RockScully's comment:
In response to portfolio1's comment:
I would add that if you can get a true feature back then of course you want him. Just because you are looking to insure you can fill particualr roles for particular packages does not mean you do not forsake a true feature player.... And Benny is not really a true feature player (unless he finds a way to improve his quickness in cutting in the next level).
We'll never have a "feature back" here because BB doesn't draft them in Rd 1 (minus Maroney) and he doesn't look for them in their primes in FA. It;s not part of his cap formula, which I've explained dozens of time to the Babe Group here.
It's why I liked his Vereen and Ridley moves in the draft AND acquiring NOs draft picks which turned out to be Chandler Jones. Talk about a fleecing. Gee, Chandler Jones, Ridley and Vereen or Mark Ingram? Yes, I know Ridley and Vereen weren't traded directly in place of Ingram or vice versa, but how can anyone not like that approach?
So, it's pointless to scapegoat BJGE. Of course he's "mediocre" when compared to the Adrian Peterson's of the league, but that doesn't mean he's "mediocre here. Or in Cincy. He's an above average RB who has more pluses than negatives. Clearly.
I love it!! Bill Belichick doesn't draft running backs in the first round (except for Maroney). And yeah, he did draft another in the second (Vareen) and he did ship a second rounder for Dillon too, but who's counting?
Thanks for your expert analysis...once again a job well done! And thanks for pointing out that Belichick won't sign a true feature back in his prime...you think?? Aside from the team that actually drafts these "feature backs", how often do you see them switch teams for big dollars? You can't even get pointing out the obvious straight. In other breaking news...tomorrow will be Tuesday...tonight the ball will drop and Dick Clark won't be saying "back to you Ryan".