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Old 04-04-2006, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default willie parker perspective

so far, id take him over kevin jones, steven davis (duh, i meant steven jackson), or julius jones.

oh wait. the steelers already did. remember 2 years ago when the debate was whether the steelers should draft jones or steven to replace bettis? instead they picked up w. parker as an undrafted f.a.

the steelers essentially traded one of these backs for big ben, bettis, and 1200 yd free agent back, willie parker.

willie did just as well as the top 3 backs chosen in last years draft too.

in his 1st year starting willie has outpreformed any season from the top 6 rb's in the last 2 drafts; this while sharing time and td's with a legend.

reggie bush and lendale white definitely look good but lets not lose sight of what weve got. especially for the absolute minimum ($230,000) per year. willie has already earned any payraise he will be getting. (and will still be underpaid compared to some of these other's contracts)

how far would k. jones and t. maddox gotten us to this point?

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Old 04-04-2006, 01:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: willie parker perspective

These are all excellent points. And I think that Willie will only get better now that he has a full year of starting under his belt. If he develops some patience, look out. Hopefully he won't let everything go to his head, and will keep in mind that the Steelers are the reason he's in the NFL. I'd like to see him stay in Pittsburgh for a long time.
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:07 AM   #3
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Default Re: willie parker perspective

him and Lendale white would be the perfect compliments to each other. It would also prolong their careers....
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:02 AM   #4
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Default Re: willie parker perspective

I'm a little skeptical of Willie. He has excellent speed and sure he can break a long one, but I just hope that he can stay consistent this year. I would also think he's going to pack on a few pounds during the off-season because that's one of my concerns, he's not a power back who can pound the ball like bettis could. I have confidence in him though!

btw, this is my first post here but I've been reading the forums for a while now
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I'm a little skeptical of Willie. He has excellent speed and sure he can break a long one, but I just hope that he can stay consistent this year. I would also think he's going to pack on a few pounds during the off-season because that's one of my concerns, he's not a power back who can pound the ball like bettis could. I have confidence in him though!

btw, this is my first post here but I've been reading the forums for a while now
Welcome to the boards!

However, I've gotta disagree with your post

If Willie packs on some weight he's going to lose his amazing speed, which is his #1 attribute. He doesn't need to be a power back, we can always get another of those. Finding a RB with Willie Parker speed is rare.
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Welcome to the boards!

However, I've gotta disagree with your post

If Willie packs on some weight he's going to lose his amazing speed, which is his #1 attribute. He doesn't need to be a power back, we can always get another of those. Finding a RB with Willie Parker speed is rare.
Thanks for the welcome!

You have a point there, but I guess my main problem is that I dont want to see 50% of his rushing yardage come by way of one 70 yd break, ya know? Like MattsMe said above, if he develops some patience he will be pretty dangerous. When he breaks out, not many people can catch him...he just keeps pulling away. I have confidence in him and I hope he goes out there this year and settles all my fears!
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Default Re: willie parker perspective

The Steelers were just as surprised at Willie parkers success, as we all were. I dont think they ever thought he would be the starter. I think Jones, Davis, or Jones may have been a huge improvement over Staley, so far anyway
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The Steelers were just as surprised at Willie parkers success, as we all were. I dont think they ever thought he would be the starter. I think Jones, Davis, or Jones may have been a huge improvement over Staley, so far anyway
The point Tony makes I agree with 100%. The price is incredibly low. The potential is there yet still hard for me to put a finger on. Can he go 16 games AND be there in the post-season? All the talk about bringing in new back (i.e White) isn't a knock on Parker. When it comes to putting quality tailbacks in the stable GREED is GOOD!

Were you really surprised that a non-starter from a mediocre North Carolina college football program now has the longest rush from the line of scrimmage in the Super Bowl...as a Steeler??????
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Default Re: willie parker perspective

If we got White at 32.. that would still be a steal IMO. Willie was a definate steal as far as how we got him and what he provided to us. We have had some success of guys over the years that have done well for us in the later rounds (or not drafted)
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The point Tony makes I agree with 100%. The price is incredibly low. The potential is there yet still hard for me to put a finger on. Can he go 16 games AND be there in the post-season? All the talk about bringing in new back (i.e White) isn't a knock on Parker. When it comes to putting quality tailbacks in the stable GREED is GOOD!

Were you really surprised that a non-starter from a mediocre North Carolina college football program now has the longest rush from the line of scrimmage in the Super Bowl...as a Steeler??????
Thats what I said," The Steelers were just as surprised as us"
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