Cochis_Calhoun Posted January 31 Share Posted January 31 On 1/6/2023 at 1:45 AM, brkmsn said: RBs are more valuable to teams that don't pass 70% of the time. A strong running game is always beneficial to a defense as well. So in Sanders' case, I would argue he is more valuable to us than to a team that loves to throw. As far as his effectiveness as a runner, it's been pretty consistent each season. His average didn't shoot up just because of Hurts and read options. It's strange that people don't appreciate him as he's been almost as efficient as Nick Chubb (YPC) since he's been in the NFL. When Chip Kelly traded away McCoy and replaced him with Murray and Mathews, we lost games because of our RBs. So if we go into next season with a lesser group of RBs, are you guys prepared for Hurts to account for the difference on the ground? The only guys we have under contract after this season are Gainwell and Sermon. We don't have all that many picks currently in the 2023 draft (1,1,2,3,7,7). If we don't keep our own FAs we may have to overpay for someone else's or scour the garbage heaps for projects/bodies (since people think RBs have no value). You can point out the YPC stuff all you like but the absolute key difference between Sanders and Chubb is that Chubb turns out 1000 yards and averages 10 TD's every year, even the year he only played 12 games he broke a 1000 yards and had 12 TD's, Sanders has one season that would scrape Chubb's top 3 and it's a 17 game season this year where he made 10 yards more than Chubb did in 14 games last year. If he produced consistently like Chubb, then this would be a longer conversation and maybe we do miss him when he's gone, but for me, if you put Chubb, Cook, Barkley or Henry behind our line they'd set records. Sanders is a good runner behind an elite line, I think they can draft someone to do a similar job if he wants Chubb money. I also think the bottom is falling out of the RB market and letting him test the water would make more sense than offering a market deal in any event. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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