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Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

Quick: Who's the starting running back in Houston? Um... uh... Well, if you've seen the KUBIAK fantasy projections, you know we have no idea either. Of course, since Houston is likely to be competitive this year, and they've hired Alex Gibbs as offensive line coach, this is a pretty important position for fantasy football players. If I had to take a wild stab in the dark, I would go with Steve Slaton actually getting the most carries, splitting time with Ahman Green or Chris Brown depending on which of those injury-plagued veterans is healthy.

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12 comments, Last at 24 Jul 2008, 9:28am

1 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by Temo // Jul 22, 2008 - 11:20am

As I remember, Steve Slaton did not have a very good speed score per PFP 2008. Not sure what that means, if anything.

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2 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by PaulH // Jul 22, 2008 - 11:39am

The only people I know that are fired up over Slaton are the guys at PFT, and that's only because they are WVU fans and have such an obvious hard-on for Slaton simply because of that.

As #1 pointed out, he's a small back who's not very fast, a deadly combination in this league. Some people love to talk about how he is a great fit for a one-cut system because that is what he did at West Virginia, but while in Morgantown he was also running through holes big enough to drive a Mack truck through. There will be no such luxury in the NFL.

All I'll say is that if the Texans are going to have to depend on Slaton to carry the rushing attack, that will get ugly soon. I still think the only reason he left WVU in the first place was because he was afraid Noel Devine was going to take away his playing time in 2008 and cause his draft stock to fall faster than a share of Enron.

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3 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by Mike // Jul 22, 2008 - 12:07pm

Two words: Chris Taylor

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4 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by dryheat // Jul 22, 2008 - 12:24pm

I'm with #3, with some Chris Brown sprinkled in.

Once Slaton gets up to top speed, he can fly. Unfortunately, his acceleration is substandard, and he'll rarely get to use that top gear. There's a lot of tackles for loss in his future.

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5 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by Theo, Netherlands // Jul 22, 2008 - 12:41pm

:: Mike — 7/22/2008 @ 11:07 am
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that's four words

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6 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (aka SJM) // Jul 22, 2008 - 1:18pm

I make it a policy to stay far away from Denver and Houston RBs. You give up some value, but you also save yourself a lot of heartache.

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7 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by bravehoptoad // Jul 22, 2008 - 3:47pm

Domanick Davis. Woooooo!

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8 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by Jon // Jul 22, 2008 - 5:10pm

I'd bet against Slaton. His college production doesn't translate well to the NFL, he was not very durable.

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9 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by Will M // Jul 23, 2008 - 11:03am

I'm about to start an on-line Madden 'dynasty' league as the texans, so welcome any advice about which RBs to use...'much of a muchness' springs to mind.

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10 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by NewsToTom // Jul 23, 2008 - 12:38pm

Chris Brown would be a great running back, if only his body weren't made of glass. The JAX game in Week 1 last year, where he had like 19-175, may have been the only game in the last three and a half years he's looked fully healthy.

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11 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (aka SJM) // Jul 23, 2008 - 4:04pm

Re: 10

I think that's what really separates franchise backs from backups and committee guys, and why the claim is wrong that franchise backs are fungible. They may not be better than their backups, but they can stay healthy on a heavy workload, which most backs can't do.

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12 Re: Texans Training Camp Battle: Running Backs

by socctty // Jul 24, 2008 - 9:28am

As a Texans fan, let me warn you on your prediction: Kubiak has one huge pet peeve, and it's fumbling the football. Which apparently Slaton has a tendency to do all too often.

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