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How many backs will we carry (including the fb)? I ask because Im thinking we carry five. Coleman, Freeman, Smith, Ward, and Mooney. If those are our backs I say we have one of the best running back groups in the league. Im also high on ward after watching his highlights.

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Let's see

Coleman-- 0 experience in the NFL

Ward -------0 experience in the NFL

Jerome Smith --1 year on a PS

Freeman --1 year experience in the NFL as the #3 RB

Antone Smith--5 years experience in the NFL BUT only used as an RB for the last 2 years (1 carry in his first 3 years)

DiMarco --2 years experience in the NFL

Mooney-- basically 2 years experience in the NFL

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I dont think Shanny has ever carried more than 3RBs+1FB on the 53. If you carry 5RBs you have to take a roster spot from another position. Which position is going to take the hit?

Don't know about "Shanny"

but the Falcons have typically had 5 RB+FB on the active roster each year

I think just 4 in 08 and maybe 6 in 13 (some guy named Vaughan was used that year)

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I would like to see 5 including the FB, because Tone isn't really up to a normal load of carries so we don't have much cushion for injury if we only have him and the other two on the team. They may just run with 4 and keep a guy on PS or something in case of emergency though, I'm not sure there's a guy on the team good enough to necessarily warrant that 5'th RB spot.

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I dont think Shanny has ever carried more than 3RBs+1FB on the 53. If you carry 5RBs you have to take a roster spot from another position. Which position is going to take the hit?

I dont know which position you take from to keep 5. It just seemed like a practical number. 4 runners and a fullback.
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Not sure I agree with you on your perspective of how good our RB corps is.

Neither of our RB's are really proven. Even Smith hasn't ever been a workhorse or even close to it.

The potential is there...I believe we will get a mess load of touchdowns this season; rushing and receiving. It a

l starts with the runningbacks. We are deep there.

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Not sure I agree with you on your perspective of how good our RB corps is.

Neither of our RB's are really proven. Even Smith hasn't ever been a workhorse or even close to it.

I agree, we have a lot of if's in our stable of runningbacks. I wouldn't mind signing Ben Tate or Moreno for insurance.

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I agree, we have a lot of if's in our stable of runningbacks. I wouldn't mind signing Ben Tate or Moreno for insurance.

Although I wouldn't hate it if we signed Tate (Moreno is just too old and hurt), I say lets just roll with what we have. We know that Freeman didn't completely suck given his minimal opportunities last year and the worst case scenario is that none of our RB's really pan out that well. I consider this a rebuilding year anyway for offense and defense so to me, this season is mostly finding out what our real weaknesses and strengths are so we can start making a serious SuperBowl push next year. Let's roll with what we have and re-evaluate at the end of the season.

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Kyle Shanahan has historically carried just four backs: 3 tailbacks and 1 fullback. He's done that in Houston, in Washington, and in Cleveland.

Based on that, I'd agree with the poster who thinks we'll roll into the season with Freeman, Coleman, Smith, and Mooney.

However, I could see us keeping a fourth tailback, someone situated more for a short-yardage and power back role... I'm just not sure anyone on the roster really fits that role. Terron Ward could be the dark horse there.

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