Originally Posted by MikeD17
Julius Jones reminds me alot of tiki barber , I can see us using him alot the same way . Lots of screens and draws , sweeps. Both guys are very fast and elusive and built well enough to break tackles. They both happen to wear 21 as well.
lets just hope JJ doesnt fumble as much as barber does .....
If the 217 lbs is legit he is much thicker than Barber. Jones also appears to have little fear about hitting it hard up the middle. He runs low to the ground with good balance and seems to break lots of arm tackles. He also seems to be able to put on moves in traffic which is what enabled Emmitt to be such a great between the tackles runner at a somewhat diminutive size. The one advantage Jones seems to have on Emmitt is a bit extra top-end speed.
In all the clips it doesn't appear as though most of his big runs come from turning the corner which is very hard to do in the NFL with the speed at LB and the secondary. The key to the big run in the NFL is breaking the front 7 fairly clean and then running for daylight which he appears to be able to do. Having a RB that is a threat to go all the way will add a new dimension to the offence. One we haven't had since Emmitt's younger days. I am quite excited to see what he can do behind our revamped OL.
Anyone think there is a chance he will not be the starter come opening day?