Originally Posted by lageman4ever
Of any position RB is the quickest transition to the NFL. There are numerous examples of first year players having big seasons. So when a guy doesn't produce (or even get on the field) it's generally a bad sign.
That being said I'd love to be wrong about Powell. I don't know whether he worked hard in the off-season or he had the talent all along. But I'd like to see him get more carries this season.
I'm also surprised that McKnight isn't getting more game time. The guy has speed as evidenced by his KR numbers. Any explosiveness we could add at RB would be a big benefit.
I agree - I think we were all justified to be a little down on Powell for the exact reasons you stated. And we'll all be glad to be wrong about him if he can continue to develop.
I don't know that Powell is much of a home-run hitter, but what I saw on Sunday was a guy who has the vision to get 5 yards on a play where Greene would have only gotten 2. That's huge when it comes to play selection on the next down.
More Vlad + more Powell/McKnight = more opportunites to keep the defense on its heels.