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    If there's no one suitable shaken from the trees around the NFL to be no. 2. Need to sign a running back that can pass block. Doesn't have to be a great running back, just needs to be able to pass block. Darby can't, Toston isn't particularly good, Ogbannaya is iffy. That or just put a backup OG or DT in at running back on pass plays from time to time... Really bored, just thinking out loud.

  • #2
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    How do we know Toston and Ogbannaya are iffy?


    • #3
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      I'm not exactly concerned over this as everybody. I mean sure I'd like to have a reliable backup for SJAX but if we cant find one its not the end of the world. I'm sure one of the rookies can step in and do the job.


      • #4
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        Kenneth Darby is my boy, please do not disrespect him like that


        • #5
          Re: Backup RB

          Originally posted by Alec22 View Post
          Kenneth Darby is my boy, please do not disrespect him like that
          KD is a good, reliable fullback. I too feel good having him as part of the Rams running game. We do need, however, to find a good, reliable back-up RB; whether from within or from outside our current roster.

          I'm excited to find out who this RB will be. :helmet:
          Last edited by RealRam; -08-17-2010, 01:55 PM. Reason: Helmet


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            1. SJAX is elite back . He will want a ton of carries and catches. He is rare 3 down back. He will be happy the more he is out there.

            2. 2 backs with a star in front doesn't = any more wins (LT sproles, AP C.Taylor , etc)

            3. The Oline makes the backup RB. ex. D.Ward found cut off Practice squad. Patriots throw anyone back there as #2 RB with success. #2 Backs should fit your system and excel in the limited action for blocking, change of pace, speed.

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            5. Darby and Pittman looked ok. I think if we started the season with the addition of Brown, Fells, Karney, and a healthy McMichael or blocking would be alot better.

            6. Finally, we have other needs that are much more important.

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            -03-17-2009, 08:53 AM
          • MauiRam
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