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More thoughts on Maroney

Posted on: May 8, 2008 5:16 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2008 5:30 pm
I'm putting the finishing touches on my annual breakouts, sleepers and busts article for the Pro Football Weekly/ Fantasy Football Preview Magazine (on newsstands this June ... I think ...), but I wanted to share something I did just for those of you reading the blog.

In addition to the 30 or so players I asked CBS' panel of analysts about, I got their take on Laurence Maroney, who is the one running back that I can't quite put my finger on in terms of production.

Guess what? Our panelists couldn't put a solid finger on it either. But, the exercise here is to take what our experts had to say, and see the common threads. That will tell you what the consensus opinion on Maroney is heading into 2008.

"That's the enigma. Maroney is just like Marion Barber, and they were coached the same way in college. They both run with that frenetic style that's like a tsunami. He attacks defenders. I don't know if you can sustain that to 25 carries a game for 16 games. With that said, he'll be a high-efficient runner so long as he's not getting a lot of carries. Sammy Morris will be a factor and Kevin Faulk will continue in his third-down role. Now, whether or not Maroney stays healthy is what will tell you if he gets to 1,000 yards. But I still think you need to surround him with talent. Now he has to prove he can stay healthy, or he'll have to augment his running style, and if he does that, then will he be the same runner?"

-- Solomon Wilcots

"The vast majority of people don't know what to think of him. I think everyone agrees on his physical talents. You have to question his physical endurance as a professional, and at what point does he kind of get turned loose. We waited a long time for that last year. It would appear that he is and will continue to be just a very good contributing piece of an offense. So if you're looking for that center-cut diamond, Maroney's not it."

-- Randy Cross

"I think he'll be a solid back, but he's got to stay healthy. That's been a little bit of a problem for him. But the Patriots will still be a pass offense first, and I think he'll have a solid year, probably limited just by the fact that there's only so many touches you're going to get in that offense."

-- Charley Casserly

"With the Patriots, I still think he's got a chance to have some numbers, but they're still about throwing the football, though. I think you can see the biggest question with him is if he can stay healthy. If Maroney stays healthy, he'll be a big-number guy."

-- Bill Cowher

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2008 7:32 pm

More thoughts on Maroney

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Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2008 8:01 pm

More thoughts on Maroney

Unless I take a QB or WR in the first two rounds, I really wouldn't touch him, b/c he's round 3 value, so my point is I'd take him in round 3, but unless he slips to 6, I can't take that risk with an early pick

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2008 6:35 pm

More thoughts on Maroney

Here is my problem with Maroney - unless the reward will pay outstanding divedends (like A-Pete), I will not take a big risk with my first 2 picks. So with that said, with his durability in question, and Morris and Faulk taking away plays, I cannot see myself taking him as a #1 or 2 RB. If I only have 1 RB by mid round 3, sure I'll take him over Fred Taylor or Julius Jones, but may want my #3 RB coming up soon. He is one of my favorite 20 players in the league (fell in love with him when he was a Golden Gopher), but for fantasy purposes, I just wouldn't want him on my team.

So again, the talent isn't in question, but the playing time is. I say he's the 18th or so best RB out there, and would not even consider him a #1 RB. A low end #2 RB until he shows me some durability (he either split his carries with Marion Barber or Gary Russell at Minnesota, and Corey Dillon his first year in NE. He just can't take the full load.)

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