Ok – I’ll say it one last time: just make the trade. At this point, Steve Slaton has fallen to the #3 RB position in Houston behind Arian Foster and newly acquired (and apparently rather fat and out of shape) Derrick Ward. Even though the depth chart says he’s #2, he’s not. While some believe this decline in opportunity is due to a possible decline in skill level, I don’t. There are other factors. Last year he was hurt, so some time was spent recovering. And last year, he also had a fumbling issue. I also believe that the Hou O-Line, toward the beginning of the year last year, was not run blocking well – their focus was on pass blocking. So Slaton was a victim of that.
But the biggest factor here is the doghouse factor. Gary Kubiak doesn’t like Steve Slaton and I think it may be solely because of his fumbles last year. (For the record, Slaton only fumbled 2x in 2008 when he rushed 268 times for nearly 1300 yards averaging 4.8 yards per carry…he also had 50 receptions). The RB’s coach and other offensive coaches were raving about Slaton in the preseason – talking about how he looked like himself again (after recovering from the injury) and how he still had the dynamic skill set that sets him apart.
So, that brings me to my point: why not make a play for a guy like this who is in the doghouse? If the other offensive coaches are to be believed, Slaton still has it. He is a great runner, has better hands than most RBs in the league w/re to catching the ball out of the backfield, and the bonus is that he could be a great return guy as well. At this point, considering they got him for a 3rd round pick and considering Gary Kubiak doesn’t like him – I bet they let him go for a 4th round pick or a 5th rounder …maybe even a 6th rounder.
JUST DO IT!