Originally Posted by GreenWave
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.
Not sure you can say that we were justified in being down on Powell for his production last year when he didn't have an opportunity to produce. He was behind Greene, LDT and McKnight. The guy wasn't drafted for last year, he was drafted for 2012 and beyond.
Its one thing if I guy like Trent Richardson doesn't impress in year 1 - he is getting the rock come hell or high water. Powell, OTOH, absent significant injury, had no real path to playing time. This year he does and he's doing well.
Plus, he was a 4th round pick. That's a guy who should ultimately contribute but realistically needs time to develop.