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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by SmashMouth dang .... can Herb Donaldson or PJ Hill not play fullback for us either ... Is this Eckle fellah any good? Hard to say about Eckle. He was pretty good at Navy but hasn't gotten a ...

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Old 10-29-2009, 04:09 PM   #11
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dang .... can Herb Donaldson or PJ Hill not play fullback for us either ... Is this Eckle fellah any good?
Hard to say about Eckle. He was pretty good at Navy but hasn't gotten a lot of NFL time. Just the fact that he has bounced around and Houston also took a sniff at him but didn't bite. That's troubling. But hey, even great players have to get get their shot before becoming great.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:12 PM   #12
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Kyle Eckel: Career Stats

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Old 10-29-2009, 04:17 PM   #13
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The Saints offense has a way of making everyone look good.
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Well you have to trust in Payton after looking at a few FB's. I am sure Payton already has a few plays going to this guy already.

Although, I wouldn't be surprised to see a TE or even OL line up at the FB position. If anyone has noticed this season that there have been a few times an OL and played in the TE position.

I know its disappointing to see him hurt and out for the season but I think this also just gives Payton more oppitunities to be creative and work his genius.

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These Navy fullbacks are a different breed guys. I've seen Navy play three times within the last year, and they always seem to have a guy like Eckel who is a load to carry.

There are a few positives in my mind by signing a Navy fullback:

1) These guys are used to carrying the rock. Often times they are the leading rusher, or second leading rusher, on their teams which means that they are typically good at running the ball.

2) Great character. These guys are typically leaders on the field and on the battle field. I remember the guy who started for Navy one of the last few years was the commander of his entire platoon (or whatever it is, military guys help me out here).

3) Unbelievably disciplined. Navy is generally in the top 5 in the country in fewest penalties because they just have a greater sense of discipline than most other players.

Losing Evans stinks, and I wish him a full and speedy recovery, but I think that this offense will keep clicking.
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These Navy fullbacks are a different breed guys. I've seen Navy play three times within the last year, and they always seem to have a guy like Eckel who is a load to carry.

There are a few positives in my mind by signing a Navy fullback:

1) These guys are used to carrying the rock. Often times they are the leading rusher, or second leading rusher, on their teams which means that they are typically good at running the ball.

2) Great character. These guys are typically leaders on the field and on the battle field. I remember the guy who started for Navy one of the last few years was the commander of his entire platoon (or whatever it is, military guys help me out here).

3) Unbelievably disciplined. Navy is generally in the top 5 in the country in fewest penalties because they just have a greater sense of discipline than most other players.

Losing Evans stinks, and I wish him a full and speedy recovery, but I think that this offense will keep clicking.
TOTALLY agree being from Navy myself even their QB's have to be RB's is how much they run. I think its a good pick up to replace Evens.
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Can he block? All that other stuff is good but can he block? He seems to have good upside. I'm going to sit back and watch how Payton utilizes him?
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:24 PM   #18
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called this one too.....dang losing heath hurts
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:23 PM   #19
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Sounds like a nice pickup, especially this late into the season. I wouldn't worry too much about him being unemployed, there really isn't a big market for FB's anymore. It does get me sick that Evans is out for the season, he was a real plus for the team.
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Well... this sucks... the guy was a proven player.

How long will it take his replacement to get up to speed?

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