I asked the ever-honest Ben Tate, in his gut, does he think he's done with the Texans?
"Honestly?" he said, then gave a lengthy pause while he pondered his answer. "Probably so."
He added in a less pensive tone: "But we'll see. You never know what will happen. New coaches come in, some different things could happen."
Tate is a player to monitor this offseason. He fits the talented-backup-gets-starting-job mold that worked well for Michael Turner, LaMont Jordan and Chester Taylor, who all turned in top 12 seasons after switching teams.
Giants RB David Wilson, at least for now, is the focal point of the ground game. Last season, Andre Brown emerged as the Giants’ most lethal goal-line runner, scoring eight rushing TDs in 10 games before his season came to an abrupt end because of a broken left leg. Brown seemed to have that role sewn up this summer, too.
“Going into it, (goal line) was mainly his job,” Wilson said. “We had a package where he was the guy to go in and get those tough yards. Now that he’s out, I’m gonna definitely have to step up.”
But HC Tom Coughlin said he’s not worried about Wilson handling short-yardage duties.
“David Wilson, he runs in there hard,” the coach said. “I don’t have a problem with that at all. He’s powerful, he’s compact, he has tremendous leg strength, which is his forte.”
Wilson definitely gets a bump with Brown sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but don't be surprised if the Giants kick the tires on a few veteran RBs (like Willis McGahee, Michael Turner or Beanie Wells).
It continues to be very clear the Falcons intend to use Steven Jackson as much more than just a running back who carries the ball. Although he's a talented runner, Jackson is equally good at catching passes. During practices the Falcons have positioned Jackson all over the line of scrimmage and at one point Tuesday during drills, the Falcons threw to Jackson on two straight plays on opposite sides of the field. After practice Jackson said he thinks the offense is designed to get him one-on-one with linebackers because of the heavy coverage opposing defenses are expected to use against Atlanta's receiving targets. Jackson's role in Atlanta gives the running back memories of his early days as a true dual-threat back: "It reminds me of my younger years in St. Louis when I was used more as a receiver out of the backfield. It allows me to use more tools in the shed that I have and possess. It allows me to work on things I haven't done in a number of years."
Jackson has a chance to be very successful in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back -- the Falcons have praised his pass-catching in OTAs. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1 in his new situation.
Falcons RB Steven Jackson still has a good jump-cut step. He even looks explosive at half speed.
Jackson has a chance to have fantasy success in Atlanta's high-octane offense. Jackson will benefit from extra red zone touches -- Michael Turner had almost twice as many red zone carries as Jackson did in 2012. He'll also enjoy running against defenses that will have to respect Matt Ryan and the Falcons' potent passing game. He has a chance to be a three-down back -- the Falcons have praised his pass-catching in OTAs. S-Jax looks like a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 in his new situation.