You didn't answer the question of how many carries you would expect Williams and Dillon to get with Jones as the front man. You don't draft RBs in the 2nd. round to occasionally block or catch. Your scenario has both Williams and Dillon underutilized if Dillon is all that. If Dillon is not all that, needs some time to develop, and sits on the inactive list for the opening day, that is not inconsistent with my thesis.Once again, You wouldn’t distribute the remaining caries to the four backs because Ervin isn’t in the equation. He’s a special teams guy with an occasional “gadget play.” Furthermore, It’s not just the caries. It’s all snaps. Someone needs to be in there for play action, blocking, receiving and I have no doubt that we’ll be running a lot of two back sets. Why roster another back for that when 2 backs did it last year? Because the RB room is a strength in 2020. Do you think the 49ers would have done it if their backs were Mostart, Breida, and Dexter Williams? Of course not. The end goal is to have fresh legs for the playoffs.
I’ll have to look up the Bills documentary because I would love to see it. I have no doubt that they were more equals than mentor and protege halfway thru but he was given a foundation weather is was from Bill or another coach early in his career. He’s had many years to add to it and build his own legacy. MLF happens to be a product of the Shanahan coaching tree and it’s pretty apparent this offense is headed in that direction.
You are so certain that Ervin would not be an emergency #3, yet LaFleur stated he wanted to get him more involved in the offense. Coming in for week 13 would not have offered much time to work on that. If there's any traning camp to speak of, you might want to reconsider. Of course all these discussion, not just this but the whole forum, is from a default position of some reasonable amount of training camp and preseason. If it comes down to a week of cap and a preaseason game or two, or worse having regular season games cancelled, all bets are off. Clarity on how lost revenue impacts 2021 cap could upend all kinds of considerations.
Back at the beginning of these Jones discussion I floated the idea of him playing slot receiver on a semi-regular basis. That is a scenario that opens up the idea of 4 RBs on game day with Jones taking reduced carries. It's an idea to kick around but it is not really plausible. If that's what you meant about "two running backs on the field", then you have this implausible scenario in your favor. If you mean something like Jones and Dillon in the backfield, that ain't happening anymore than Jones and Williams. I joked earlier about running the Power Sweep, wishbone or full house. Here's another possibilty: the Four Horsemen. Wait, scratch that, pretty sure that would be illegal motion.
While some actually projected Dillon as a lower round fullback, he ain't that now. Deguara is the only other guy you're going to see as a second guy in the backfield.
I think there's some good news. There has been some concern that Dillion didn't do much receiving in college (and probably not much pass blocking either). In the highlight tapes I see a guy who looks fluid routing out of the backfield and a natural catcher of the football. He's got to take the proper release angles, though, or the QB will miss him and he'll get the stink eye.
As for your question that I bolded, why indeed? My thesis is not that you're rostering another back, you're replacing Williams if Dillon comes out of the box the way the Packers expect given his draft position.ng
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