Yes, rb's most important attribute is running the ball... BUT, it's a huge liability that he can't block if anything bc he comes off the field on third down... him having to be taken out of the game on third downs takes our best player off the field on the most important down. It takes away what we are able to disguise and even execute on key downs... it's a huge problem... Yes, he's getting better but he's been in the league for what? 7 years... it's inexcusable.. esp. for someone they want to say is in the top 5 rb's of all time... He needs to do better!
His pass blocking has improved and he is in on 3rd down more than any other running back on our team. When he's out it's mostly because it's 3rd and long and we have no RB's in on the play.
It's not that huge of a liability and he's still the best back on our team (and most team's) to have in their on 3rd and short.
Which of those top 5 RB's of all time do you think were good at pass blocking?
He comes out way too often on 3rd down passing plays and not just 3rd and long.
out of the top 5?Depends on who they are.
Faulk, Payton, Smith,Tomlinson were all darn fine backs who were great at blocking and in screens.
Faulk, Tomlinson and Smith probably don't make many top 5 lists. Smith and LT will make most of the top 10's. Faulk and Tomlinson both excelled at receiving which is what helped propel them up the list, but neither are as strong as guys like Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson. These guys like AD made their living running the ball.
AD averages 20 attempts per game, have to take him out sometime. If you have a 3rd down specialist, then this is the ideal time to play him. We don't so much now which is why AD is taken out less than in year's past IMO.
In the end, I guess it comes down more to a preference of what you appreciate in a running back. I think the ability to run trumps other aspects by a great margin because of how it sets up the defense. If you have an obvious passing down, bring in a specialist or go without a RB like many teams in the league...I really don't see how that is a problem.
Arguably the best TE in the game (Jimmy Graham) is one of the worst run blockers in the game. But I would take him over probably anyone else in the league right now. He's still a decoy.
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